Cricket minor premiership goes to Blues

Cricket minor premiership goes to Blues

The Cessnock District Cricket played its penultimate round last Saturday, with second, third and fourth spots still all up for grabs in the top grade.

Greta/Branxton wrapped up the minor premiership with a convincing eight wicket win over an out-of-sorts Wine Country at Miller Park.

Sent in to bat, the Wood Ducks were skittled for 70 inside 29 overs. Openers Jack Morris (17) and Matt Lightfoot (12) were the only batsmen to reach double figures, while for Greta/Branxton Patrick Andrews (4-10 off 7), Darren Thomson (3-19 off 10) and Cliff Newling (2-9 off 2.2) combined nicely in taking the wickets.

The Blues reeled in the target in 21 overs, with openers Mark Bercini (31no) and Joey Butler (20) among the runs. Tom Page (2-22 off 5) took both wickets.

In bizarre circumstances, five time consecutive defending premiers Mulbring were in grave danger of missing the semi-finals, but in true fashion they bounced back to form, trouncing Coalfields Cup champions Bellbird by five wickets at Carmichael Park.

The home side were sent in and were all out inside 26 overs for just 52. Matt Shrieber (18) and Ben Fairlie (14) were the only willowmen to achieve double figures in an unlikely Tigers batting card. Having said this the Mulbring seamers bowled well in the favourable conditions, with Aaron Halls (4-16 off 6), Zach Sneesby (3-18 off 10) and Ben Neaves (2-6 off 7.4) all very difficult to handle.

The Marlins achieved the target, not without a struggle, in the 21st over losing five wickets. Halls (19no) completed a fine all-round game, and it was only fitting that that the man of the match was there to hit the winning runs. He was well supported by Mick Mascord (12no).

The Piranhas had the bye.

This sets up an exciting final round this weekend, with both games still having a bearing on the final ladder. Mulbring are still a mathematical chance of securing second place and a home semi final if they defeat the Piranhas, with Bellbird having to defeat Greta/Branxton to wrap up a home semi. The Piranhas will have to upset Mulbring by a big margin to draw level with them and grossly improve their net run rate.

Meanwhile Wine Country have the bye and will finish either third or fourth depending on results. Greta/Branxton also wrapped up the Club Championship with wins in all grades.

Second Grade

Greta/Branxton 8/103 (Ben Van Haren 20, Jason Varley 18, Blake Kellett 17, Jesse Ballenden 3-23 off 10, Johan Briedenhann 3-26 off 7) defeated Wine Country 10/99 (Luke Jeans 22, Cameron Ashe 16, George Copeland 13, Brett Bridge 3-19 off 8, Anthony Brundson 3-36 off 10, Hayden Regan 2-21 off 10).

Chelmsford Hotel 4/146 (Arron Follan 52no, Brad Hanlon 51no, Corey Goodwin 18, Aaron Sweeney 3-17 off 10) defeated Piranhas 10/96 (Craig Benson 17, Liam Dureau 15, Aaron Sweeney 13, Hayden Ridley 3-32 off 10, Matt Turnbull 2-15 off 9).

Bellbird bye.

Third Grade

Greta/Branxton 5/32 (Brett Stephenson 10, Rob Clark 2-4 off 3) defeated Piranhas 10/29 (Adam Williams 9, Jamie McNamara 7-11 off 4, Noah McNamara 2-16 off 4.5).

Wine Country Blue 9/142 (Wayne Harris 58, Glenn Oakes 14, Eain Harris 13) defeated Mulbring 10/60 (Peter Davis 3-16 off 5, Wayne Harris 3-13 off 7, Stephen Hedger 2-15 off 7).

Wine Country White 10/100 (Stephen Leathley 53, Bailey Vanlaarhoven 14, Robert W. Clark 4-20 off 9, Clint Starkey 3-29 off 10, Mark Scott 2-27 off 9) defeated Bellbird 10/85 (Gary Kirby 25, Paul Lynch 12, Matt Wood 3-10 off 4.1, Zane Leathley 2-13 off 10, Alessandro Ganino 2-19 of 10).

Fourth Grade

Bellbird Maroon 4/101 (Jordan Field 40no, Matt Burke 33no, Jordon Jackson-Tilley 2-26 off 10) defeated Cessnock Hotel 10/95 (Paul Robinson 22, Dean Jackson 22, Marc Bender 19, John Crowe 12no, Dan Field 3-30 off 8, Heath Cameron 2-13 off 10, Bradley Henderson 2-10 off 7, Jordan Field 2-12 off 4.2).

Greta/Branxton Blue 6/79 (Zach MacBeth 29, Zac Watkins 15, James Shoulders jnr 2-4 off 1) defeated Greta/Branxton White 10/75 (Mitch Fallon 48, Correy Stone 3-16 off 10, Zach MacBeth 3-9 off 4, Riley McKewen 2-15 off 6.2).

Bellbird White 10/129 (Adrian Bright 47, Rob Jordan 30, Andrew Wanless 4-28 off 10, Hayden Yates 3-20 off 10, Abinandan Sudharsanam 2-54 off 9.2) defeated Chelmsford Hotel 10/63 (Venkat Inakollu 14, Joel Butterfield 4-15 off 5.4, Steve Bedford 3-16 off 8, Adrian Bright 2-10 off 3).

Piranhas 9/134 (Craig Beer 53, Ricky Hollis 36, Peter Walsh 2-26 off 10, Dominic Peacock 2-25 off 7, Harrison Webb 2-17 off 5) defeated Wine Country 10/55 (Harrison Webb 17, Lachlan Eather 15no, Steve Russell 3-5 off 5, Ricky Hollis 3-14 off 3, Michael Read 2-6 off 4).

Supporters bye.

Points Tables 2020-21

First Grade: Greta/Branxton 42*, Bellbird 33*, Wine Country 33, Mulbring 29*, Piranhas 25*.

Second Grade: Chelmsford Hotel 69**, Wine Country 53***, Greta/Branxton 50***, Bellbird 47***, Piranhas 37***.

* byes received, 0 points allocated.

Third Grade: Wine Country White 69, Bellbird 65, Wine Country Blue 64, Greta/Branxton 62, Piranhas 62, Mulbring 54.

Fourth Grade: Bellbird White 6.43, Chelmsford Hotel 6.33, Bellbird Maroon 6.33, Greta/Branxton Blue 6.00, Cessnock Hotel 4.71, Wine Country 4.33, Piranhas 3.67, Greta/Branxton White 3.57, Supporters 3.00.

* Fourth Grade points calculated on average due to uneven number of byes.

Club Championship Greta/Branxton 600.60, Wine Country 548.10, Bellbird 532.00, Piranhas 423.50.

Club Championship Formula:- First Grade x 7, Second Grade x 3.5, Third Grade x 1.4, Fourth Grade x 0.7.

NB: The team with the higher total points in grades where clubs have more than one team will contribute to the club championship


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