All Stars shine in titanic innings

THE Riverside-aligned Alchemy All Stars claimed the Carlton Mid Aussie 15s bronze medal, defeating the South Launcaston-aligned TRC Titans by 16 runs in their playoff for third place at Aurora Stadium last night.

The Titans were set 115 to win but the momentum of their innings stalled in the face of some tight All Stars bowling which restricted them to 9-98 off their allotted 15 overs.

Nathan Philip was the only standout, retiring 28 not out after some clean hitting including two fours and two sixes.

Lyndon Stubbs picked up 3-19 to be the most successful All Star bowler but tight bowling by Nick Grubb and Nathan Van Noord in the latter overs helped them to victory.

Earlier the All Stars managed 114 for the loss of 11 wickets batting first, University's James Hortle top- scoring with 24 off 15 balls including a big six over mid-wicket off his final ball before compulsory retirement.

Club mate Nick Grubb batted well to make 23 not out from his 15 balls with two boundaries.

Opener Josh Walmsley got the All Stars off to a great start, tonking Casey Young's first ball of the innings over midwicket for six.

Luke Richardson scored 12 runs with a crisp lofted straight drive for six into the bonus scoring zone as one of the highlights of the innings - Richardson going on to score 20 not out. Rob Macmillan picked up 3-21 from his three overs but Rafe Payne was the best of the Titans attack taking 4-12 off his two overs, claiming Patrick Mackrell, Tom Hay and Lyndon Stubbs in the one over.

Grubb was named man of the match, hitting 23 and taking 1-17.

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