GEORGE Town caused the upset of the Cricket North round 3 matches yesterday beating last year's premier South Launceston by 89 runs in their one-day clash at Crothers Oval.
The Knights won the toss and elected to field and had the Saints in early trouble at 1-0 with Kyle Bowie removing George Town's Scott Semmens for a duck in the opening over.
But led by a great knock of 63 by captain Marshall Pooley, the Saints batsmen were able to string some handy partnerships together with support from coach Rohan Pooley 31, Gabe Bell 26 not out and Robbie Crane 19 - to finish at 8-183, off 51 overs.
Bowie finished with figures of 3-28, off his 10 overs, and Mark Nutting picked up 3-35 off eight for South.
In reply the Knights' batting line up was knocked over for 94, off just 32 overs, with Mark Nutting top scoring with 29 and Chris Hay making 19 at the top of the order.
Jesse Warren did the most damage with the ball for George Town taking the impressive figures of 4-6, off four overs with the 18-year-old, left-arm, medium pacer grabbing the important wicket of Nutting and cleaning up the tail.
``It was a really good win and I was quite excited about how the boys performed today and bouncing back after a disappointing loss last week - really happy with the result,'' Pooley said.
``We were going to bowl first but we spoke about making partnerships when batting and not losing key wickets at the top of the order.
``We were 1-0, but Robbie Crane and Marshall dug in for a partnership and young Zac Barber and Marshall had another partnership and we were able to build a platform to set a really competitive total.
``Our bowlers did a good job last week but we didn't back them up in the field so I was impressed with how we improved in the field.
``We kept pressure on to make them take risks to score runs consistently and overall all our five bowlers did the job for us.''
RIVERSIDE and Launceston shared the points after playing out a thrilling tie in their game at Windsor Park.
The Blues made 8-186, with Alex Kerrison top scoring with 38, Alex Saunders making 35 and Tom Garwood 22 at the top of the order.
The Lions finished on the same total after needing one run to tie and two to win off the final over with Riverside captain-coach Luke Richardson bowling four dot balls and claiming a wicket and the Lions batsmen scurrying through for a single off the last ball.
Jade Selby top scored with 48 and captain Rowan Smith 45, the pair putting on an 83-run partnership for the second wicket.
James Bowen took 2-45 with the ball for Launceston with Richardson finishing with 2-17 for Riverside and Stewart Morgan 2-26.
``Mixed feelings - we had our chances and so did they I guess,'' Richardson said.
``You always question a few little things in games like that but at the same time we were probably behind in the game a fair bit but managed to fight it out so I was pretty happy with the boys.''
Richardson said the Blues dropped a few catches which they would have liked to have held but overall he was happy with his batsmen achieving a defendable total and praised Saunders efforts with the ball.
WESTBURY captain Dane Anderson played a lone hand with another magnificent century to help the Shamrocks grab their second win of the season with a four-wicket win over Mowbray at Shaws Oval.
Mowbray made 156 after winning the toss and batting first with Clinton Reid top scoring with 47, Michael Aram making 22 and 15-year-old Fletcher Seymour 19.
Anderson then stepped up and held the Shamrocks run chase together as wickets tumbled around him hitting 117 off 106 balls, with 11 fours and four sixes as Westbury reached the total for the loss of six wickets.
Nick Spencer and Jonathan Chapman took three wickets apiece for Westbury while Justin Reeves and Seymour finished with two each for the Eagles.
``I thought we were very good with the ball on an up and down wicket which was difficult to bat on and 156 was always going to be a tough chase,'' Westbury coach Adrian Tudor said.