Cessnock Cricket: T20 returns as clubs gear up for Becky Lowder Memorial Shield

The Piranhas and Supporters will play off for the
The Piranhas and Supporters will play off for the "Becky Lowder Memorial Shield" in the fourth grade game on Saturday, February 13.

The Cessnock District Cricket competition recommenced after the Christmas/New Year break, with T20 Club matches taking place for the entire month of January.

Bellbird, Greta/Branxton, Mulbring, Piranhas and Wine Country will contest the Tier 1 competition, with Bellbird, Greta/Branxton, Piranhas and Wine Country to fight out for premiership honours in the Tier 2 competition.

Just the one match was played with all other games washed out.

Piranhas claimed the two points against Greta/Branxton with a 70-run victory at Miller 2.

With plenty in the pitch for the bowlers, the Piranhas batted first and posted a very competitive 9-123 from their 20 overs, with Fletcher Sharpe blasting five maximums on his way to 38.

He received good support from skipper Matt Zechel (35) and Daniel Russell (15) who were also kept things ticking along. Brent Watson continued his good season form with the four-piece, bagging 4-22 off his four overs, with Patrick Andrews taking 2-3 off 3.

The Blues were skittled for just 53 in reply, with Cliff Newling the only batsman in double figures with an unbeaten 24.

Former Piranhas skipper Matt Hopley was a real handful for the Greta/Branxton batsmen, ripping through their line-up to claim an impressive 5-10 off 4.

Luke Sweeney cleaned up the tail with 2-7 off 3.

T20 Points Table - Tier 1

Team: P W L D B Points NRR

Piranhas 2 1 - 1 - 3 3.50

Bellbird 2 - - 2 - 2 -

Mulbring 2 - - 1 1 1 -

Wine Country 2 - - 1 1 1 -

Greta/Branxton 2 - 1 1 - 1 -3.50

Becky Lowder Memorial Shield a special day for Piranhas and Supporters

A significant event will occur on Saturday, February 13, when the Piranhas take on Supporters for the "Becky Lowder Memorial Shield" in the fourth grade game at Baddeley 1.

The Piranhas have won the shield the past two years and are looking for a three-peat.

Paul Crocker has skippered the Piranhas side these past two occasions in what has been an emotional day both clubs. Both teams are looking forward to the clash.

Paul is the father of Becky who at the age of 12 unfortunately lost her battle with cancer back in July, 2014.