WITH the round 2 and 3 T20 matches unable to be played last Sunday, Cricket North West first grade action resumed with round 4 one-day matches.
The day's play saw competition powerhouses Ulverstone and Wynyard flex their muscles to record comfortable victories, while the Burnie Hurricanes atoned for their poor batting performance last week to chase down a competitive Devonport total.
Individual highlights were four wicket hauls to Wynyard's pace pair Andrew Davidson and Todd Chatwin, and a half century to Ulverstone's Josh Walmsley. Wynyard's 16-year-old batsman Lachlan Bissett also gave his club something to be excited about for the future, making an accomplished 38 not out to help it reach its target.
DEVONPORT v BURNIE
IN THE match of the round the Orions won the toss and elected to bat first. After losing a couple of early wickets, thanks to some tidy bowling from Adrian Scolyer (2-34) and Andy Harris (2-28), Bruce Will (33) and Scott Mitchell (24) combined to add 53 runs for the third wicket.
In an innings full of handy contributions, but lacking any more significant partnerships, the Orions were eventually bowled out for 156. Captain Adam Drinkwell (3-15) was the pick of the bowlers, receiving great support from Harris, Scolyer and spinner Aydan Costelloe (2-38).
Burnie looked to be in danger of posting another low total as it slumped to 3-25 early in its innings, with Sam Fogg (3-35) making the ball nip around. Number four Adam Drinkwell (30) did his best to guide his team out of trouble, but when he was trapped lbw by Oliver Robinson (2-29) the Hurricanes were in dire need of a partnership.
English import Andy Harris (31 not out) calmly rebuilt the innings, and with Peter Saward (27) edged the score past 100 as they put on 50 for the sixth wicket. After last week's horror batting collapse the Hurricanes weren't about to let another opportunity slip, with Harris receiving great support from Matthew Walton (11) and Brady Grey (14 not out) as the visitors chased down the target with nine balls to spare.
WYNYARD v LATROBE
WYNYARD ensured Latrobe would be the only team without a win after the first fortnight of the season, cruising to a bonus point win at Wynyard Showground.
The Demons batted first, and after the early loss of Joel Salter, Callan Morse (47) and Trent Keep (37) put on 77 runs for the second wicket. That proved to be the high points of the Latrobe innings, as the dismissal of Keep and Morse triggered a batting collapse. In their second spells Andrew Davidson (4-16) and Todd Chatwin (4-21) cut a swathe through the Demons middle and lower order, with the visitors losing their last six wickets for just 21 runs.
Set 142 for victory, the Blues lost a couple of early wickets as Dion Parsons (1-27) and Micheal Bishop (1-20) did their best to lift the Demons. Nick Pearce (23) and Joe Tetley (17) looked good before falling to spinner Tristan Weeks (2-30), but from 4-66 the Blues never looked back.
ULVERSTONE v SHEFFIELD
THE visitors won the toss and elected to bat first at UCI Oval, but found the Ulverstone bowling line-up hard to get away. Richard Miles (29) and Aiden Marshall (25 not out) did their best to lift their team, but the Sheffield innings never reached any great heights, eventually finishing at 8-118 from its 50 overs. Lyndon Stubbs (2-22) and Sam Murfitt (2-19) did the early damage with the new ball, while all-rounder Ben Bott (2-25) made the most of his call-up to the 1st grade team with a tidy bowling effort.
Sheffield's strong bowling line- up did not make things easy for Ulverstone, but with Josh Walmsley (51 not out) playing the anchor role, Ulverstone remained in control and romped to a five- wicket win with 51 balls to spare.
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