Pitch tricky for batters

EIGHTEEN wickets tumbled in a day at Invermay Park yesterday on a green top as Mowbray and Westbury faced off in their NTCA two-day game.

The ball dominated the bat on a pitch that favoured the bowlers and did little to make life easy for the batsmen.

Westbury was dismissed for 102 after being sent in to bat and the Eagles found themselves 8-87, at stumps.

Michael Lukic made valuable runs to top score for the Shamrocks with 24 not out at No.hs9 and Josh Adams made 15.

Jerome Illingworth backed up from his five-wicket haul last game to take 4-18, off 14 overs, for the Eagles and James Storay and Liam Reynolds claimed two wickets apiece.

In reply, Mowbray also struggled with the bat with Reynolds top scoring with a good knock of 40 batting at No.hs3 and Connor Lockhart remained 12 not out at stumps with the game in the balance.

``The wicket was a bit green and it was tough batting today,'' Mowbray captain John Le Fevre said.

``We bowled well in the first session and had them about 6-40 but Josh Adams and Shaun Leatherbarrow put on a bit of a partnership after lunch and held us up and then Michael Lukic put on a few to get them to 100.

``It was a good performance but I think potentially we could have bowled them out a bit cheaper.''

Le Fevre said the Eagles lost early wickets to some good bowling by Nick Spencer and Jono Chapman who made run-scoring difficult.

``Liam was able to put on a couple of good partnerships with Jerome and Connor Lockhart before he was out LBW for 40.

``We're 8-87 chasing 102 and whatever happens early next week I say it will be game-on whoever gets first innings points and both teams will be looking for an outright victory depending on the conditions.''

Westbury coach Adrian Tudor described it as ``a nice little green wicket which was no good for batting averages''.

Tudor said 102 wasn't a great score but their bowling group had stood up again and kept them in the game.

``In those conditions you need someone to make a stand and they had Liam Reynolds today who applied himself and put a premium on his wicket,'' Tudor said.

``We just needed that one batsman to stand up and be accountable and we could have scored 150 or 160 and we'd be in a lot better situation than we are now.''

RIVERSIDE made 145 batting first in its game against South Launceston at the NTCA No. 2 ground and had the Knights in trouble at 6-72 in reply at stumps.

Blues opener Tom Garwood top scored with a good knock of 58.

Peter New made 24, Alex Kerrison hit 27 and captain-coach Luke Richardson made 24, valuable runs down the order.

Casey Young picked up 3-24 for South and coach Ben Austen 3-26, with Kyle Bowie and Warwick Johnson taking two wickets each.

In its reply, South made a disastrous start slumping to 4-9, with Alex Saunders doing some top-order damage before Tom Waller and Cody Weedon helped to steady the ship.

Captain Sean Harris finished 30 not out with the Knights trailing by 75 runs with four wickets in hand.

``I think the game is pretty evenly-poised at this stage and I thought on a pretty tricky wicket we did all right to get 145 in the end,'' Richardson said.

``Tom Garwood batted exceptionally well at the top of the order and then with the new ball we were able to do a bit of damage.''

LAUNCESTON had a good day with the bat scoring 8-319, against George Town at Crothers Oval.

Opener James Whiteley batted very well to top score with 89, Hayden Fenton made 53 not out and Jobe Edmunds 41. The Lions then had the Saints 1-22, in reply, at stumps.

Luke Badham bowled well for George Town picking up figures of 4-24.

``We put some good partnerships together and had some good individual performances as well so it was pleasing to get some runs,'' Launceston captain Rowan Smith said.

``It was nice to get a wicket before stumps and I think we are in a pretty positive position.''

STARS OF THE DAY

BEST WITH THE BAT

James Whiteley (Launceston) 89

Tom Garwood (Riverside) 58

Hayden Fenton (Launceston) 53

Liam Reynolds (Mowbray) 40

BEST WITH THE BALL

Jerome Ilingworth (Mowbray) 4-18

Luke Badam (George Town) 4-24

NIck Spencer (Westbury) 3-23

Casey Young (South) 3-24

Ben Austen (South) 3-26

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