Northern Force unable to hold out Southern Storm

SOUTHERN Storm took out the Emerging Tigers under-15 Intrastate Cup competition yesterday by defeating the Northern Force in the final at Invermay Park.

Southern Storm won the toss and batted first on a good-paced wicket and made 7-138, off its 50 overs. 

The Storm's middle order fired with Dylan Hay making a patient 34 from 90 balls and Caiden Workman a steady 45 off 83 balls.

Best bowlers for the Northern Force were Noah Meis with 2-16 from eight overs and James Beattie with 2-25 off eight.

The Force began its innings steadily with opener Kyle Lanham making a well-complied 49 from 117 deliveries while No.th3 batsman Lachlan Dakin scored a patient 24 from 77.

 A late flurry of wickets with the target in sight made for an exciting finish but the Force eventually fell 23 runs short when wickets began to tumble after the dismissal of Lanham.

It finished on 115, from 47.4 overs.  

The best of the Southern Storm bowlers was Josh Chapman with 3-24, off nine  overs, Josh Farrow took 2-11 off six and Lachlan Clifford 2-21 from 7.4 overs.

In the consolation final at Launceston Church Grammar School, the North-West Lightning defeated the visiting Victorian Bulldog Academy team by four wickets.

The Academy was all out for 141 from 48.5 overs and the North-West batting second always had its measure finishing at  6-144 off 38 overs. 

Opener James Odgers made a steady 37, and the middle order contributed the balance of the runs with Pearce Watling scoring 21, Brodie Hayes 10 not out and Jacob Webb finishing on 38 not out.

Academy opener Connor Wall made a well-compiled 35 and had support from the middle order where Sullivan Gould made 19 and Eddie Bryant a quick-fire 29 from 36 balls.

Watling also claimed an economical 4-18 from his 10 overs, while Hayes snared 2-22 runs from eight overs.

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