A SEVEN-WICKET haul by left-arm spinner Michael Lukic helped the Shamrocks record a nine-wicket outright victory over last year's premier, South Launceston, as their two-day NTCA clash wrapped up at Shaws Oval yesterday.
Resuming at 3-16, in its first innings chasing Westbury's total of 248, South was dismissed for 111, with Casey Young top-scoring with 42 and Nathan Philip making 30.
Trailing by 137 runs on the first innings, the Knights were forced to follow on and managed 154 in their second dig, with Philip the standout scoring 72 not out off 62 balls, with six fours and two sixes.
The Shamrocks were left with the relatively easy task of knocking off the 17 runs required for an outright victory, which they did for the loss of only one wicket.
Lukic was the main destroyer in South's second innings, picking up excellent figures of 7-51 off his 18 overs and helping his side to valuable outright points to consolidate its position on top of the first-grade ladder.
``We were ecstatic and it was a really good performance by all our bowlers,'' Westbury coach Adrian Tudor said.
``Nick Spencer didn't play and we were still able to take 18 wickets for the day.
``Michael Lukic has been short of wickets by his own admission, and for him to bounce back and find some form in that fashion was extremely pleasing for him and for the club.''
Tudor said South was a good club and he expected it to fight back and be a different side come finals.
LAUNCESTON defeated Riverside by 102 runs on the first innings in a comprehensive performance in the field led by fast bowler David Tueon, who picked up five wickets, and Ben Fraser, who provided good support with three.
Resuming at 2-20, chasing the Lions' first-innings score of 200, the Blues slumped to 5-66 and were eventually dismissed for 98.
Opener Cameron Clarke top-scored with 32 and Alex Saunders was the only other batsman to make double figures, with 15 - Riverside losing its last five wickets for just seven runs.
Tueon finished with excellent figures of 5-37 off his 21 overs and Fraser picked up 3-15 from 18.
Launceston made 3-97 in its second innings, with opener James Whiteley scoring 37 and Cameron Lynch 38 not out before time ran out.
``We were happy with our bowling performance and it was good to have our opening bowlers get amongst the wickets,'' Launceston captain Rowan Smith said.
``We had to toil away for a fair while today and the wicket was certainly a lot better.
``Our bowlers stuck to the task and David Tueon and Ben Fraser did the job for us, which was pleasing.''
The Lions resumed batting about midway through the second session and Smith said time constraints did not allow them to push for an outright.
``We needed to bowl them out a bit quicker and our main bowlers had bowled a lot of overs at that stage, so we were happy for a couple of our batters to get some runs, including Cameron Lynch, which will be good for his confidence.''
MOWBRAY just had enough time left at the end of the day to claim an outright victory over George Town at Invermay Park.
Resuming at 3-16 in their first innings chasing the Eagles' 5-262 declared, the Saints were dismissed for 119 with opener Marshall Pooley top-scoring with 47 and Luke Badham contributing 22 down the order.
The Eagles attack toiled hard and shared the wickets, with Justin Reeves the standout taking 4-37 off 20 overs and Liam Reynolds, Jerome Illingworth and Ric Considine picking up two each.
The Saints were made to follow on and managed 143 in their second dig with Robbie Crane top-scoring with 49, leaving Mowbray to score one run for an outright victory with a handful of overs remaining.
``We just snuck in there after bowing George Town out for the second time about five past five,'' Mowbray captain John Le Fevre said.
``Our bowlers bowled very well and we took 17 wickets in a day on a wicket that was very flat and pretty good for batting and toiling for about five and a half hours in the field on a warm day.''