Mowbray staves off outright defeat

MOWBRAY held on to avoid outright defeat on day two of their NTCA encounter with Riverside at Invermay Park yesterday.

The Eagles were on the back foot during the opening day's play on Saturday after being dismissed for a paltry 64.

The Blues resumed yesterday on 4-126 and were bowled out for 193 shortly before lunch.

Riverside wicketkeeper Tom Hay amassed 32 and Ramesh Sundra 34, while Mowbray opening bowler Jerome Illingworth picked up 3-41 and Allen Eadie claimed 3-13.

Mowbray were again on shaky ground in their second innings at 4-54, which soon turned into 9-122.

However, a hearty last-wicket partnership between Connor Lockhart (20 not out) and number 11 James Storay (10 not out) helped the Eagles to 9-141 at the end of play - Riverside winning first innings points by 129 runs.

Liam Reynolds was the top- scorer with 48.

Alex Saunders had the perfect match, collecting his first 10-wicket haul for the Blues with five in each innings.

Mowbray captain John LeFevre said there were not many positives to take from the match heading into their semi- final against Launceston.

"We lost wickets in clumps again but we batted for the final hour and only lost one wicket," he said.

"Connor Lockhart batted really well for about 90 minutes and got us out of it in the end, as we only finished 12 runs in front of Riverside."

Meanwhile, Westbury and George Town are the NTCA third and fourth grade premiers after their grand finals were completed yesterday.

Westbury defeated South Launceston in the third-grade decider by six wickets.

South made 65 off 38.3 overs batting first, and the Shamrocks got the runs for the loss of four wickets.

In fourth grade, Westbury made 103 batting first and the Saints chased down the total to finish at 8-104, in an exciting finish with Josh Barron hitting the winning runs in the final over.

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