Latrobe blows away Hurricanes

IN the final round of one-day matches, a tremendous bowling performance from Latrobe saw it score a crushing 10-wicket win over the Burnie Hurricanes, while Sheffield gave Devonport a fright in a high-scoring affair at Devonport Oval.

The top-of-the-table clash between Ulverstone and Wynyard saw the home side maintain its unbeaten run, but not before some nervous moments.

Individual highlights were half- centuries to Sheffield's Richard Miles (83) and Devonport's English import Alex McChristie (73), while Latrobe's Dion Parsons was the pick of the bowlers with 6-13 in his team's big win at West Park.

Burnie Hurricanes v Latrobe - After a disappointing loss to George Town last week, Latrobe was keen to get back on the winner's list against a third- placed Burnie team that appeared to be on the rise. The Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat first, but were skittled for just 71 in 25.5 overs, as Parsons (6-13 from eight overs) and Sean Gower (4-28 from 8.5 overs) ran amok with the new ball. The Hurricanes could manage only one double- figure partnership, with the experienced Adam Drinkwell (28) and Brady Yates (12) adding 32 runs for the third wicket.

In reply Latrobe executed its batting plans well, with new opening pair Paul Dickson (21 no) and Callan Morse (40 no) in control at the crease. The Demons cruised to 0-73 in the 17th over to secure a 10-wicket win, and a very important two bonus points.

Devonport v Sheffield - IN what turned out to be the match of the day, Sheffield rediscovered its best batting form to give Devonport a huge fright.

The Orions won the toss and batted first under clear skies at Devonport Oval, reaching 8-218 from its 50 overs. Bruce Will (47) continued his good recent batting form, combining with Alex McChristie (73) to put on 100 runs for the third wicket.

A late cameo from Sam Fogg (24 no) helped Devonport pass 200 and a very competitive total, while for Sheffield, paceman Nick Cashion was the pick of the bowlers with 2-32 from his 10 overs.

In reply, Sheffield started slowly, as Chris Lindsay (2-49) and Jackson Saggers (1-64) bowled accurate opening spells.

Wickets in hand proved to be very handy for Sheffield, as new opener Aiden Marshall (46) and Richard Miles (83) started to lift the scoring rate.

When Marshall was knocked over by Fogg, Brenton Gale joined Miles at the crease and the pair combined for an 82-run fifth wicket partnership to rocket the Mountaineers back into the game.

However, in one final twist, Devonport's Scott Mitchell (3-34) knocked over Miles, Gale and Nick Cashion (17) in an impressive display of death bowling to restrict Sheffield to 8-213 from its 50 overs, handing the Orions an important five-run win.

Ulverstone v Wynyard - In the top-of-the-table clash at UCI Oval, the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on a new pitch.

In a stop-start innings, the Blues lacked a big partnership, with only Nick Pearce (28) and Gregg Sharman (24) passing twenty as Wynyard reached 9/130 from its 50 overs.

Ulverstone veteran Darren Rossiter (4-33) was the chief destroyer with the ball, receiving good support from returning fast bowler Shaun Knott (2-17) and spinner Jacob Snare (2-17).

Ulverstone started its innings like a shot out of a cannon, with Dominic Wing (24) and Sam Perko (38) taking 54 runs from the first nine overs. But a good spell from Marcus Gee (2-32) saw him dismiss Wing and Harry Smith (0) quickly, and with Jarrod Willcox (1-22 from 10 overs), started to put the brakes on Ulverstone.

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