South storms home with bat

STANDOUT performances and solid team efforts marked day two of the Emerging Tigers under-15s Intrastate Cricket Cup in Launceston yesterday.

Traditional North-South rivalries were alive and well as the boys from Northern Force did battle with the Southern Storm.

The Northern team fought hard to put a high price on its wicket and post a defendable total with bat in hand.

However James Beattie was the only batsman to get into double figures, and the side was bowled out for just 75 runs.

The Southern Storm replied in dominating fashion, with 6 for 176 from its 50 overs.

The Storm's Dylan Hay fell just shy of notching up a half-century in an impressive batting display, going out for 49 runs.

Cricket Tasmania northern regional manager Simon Aufder-Heide said the Northern Force would need to put in a big performance against the Bulldog Academy today to remain in finals contention.

"The Force will be disappointed after a poor result yesterday," he said.

"No doubt they'll be looking for a big win to keep their finals hopes alive."

The North West Lightning boys shone with bat and ball in a stoush with Victorian side the Bulldog Academy in perfect conditions at the NTCA grounds.

Bowlers Zak Nicholle, Liam McLaren and Pearce Watling each took two wickets to restrict the Bulldogs to 119 runs.

Major contributors with the bat were James Odgers with 34 and Pearce Watling with 33, guiding the Lightning to a total of 6 for 204.

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