Westbury consolidated their spot on top of the Greater Northern Cup cricket ladder after recording a thrilling three-run victory over Ulverstone in their game at Ulverstone on Saturday.
The Shamrocks were in big trouble early in their innings as their top order collapsed to be 6-40 after winning the toss and batting first.
Jonathon Chapman top scored with 67 and James Tyson finished 63 not out – the pair putting on a partnership of 126 for the seventh wicket to help Westbury salvage their innings and reach 189 off 49.2 overs.
Steven Murfet was the main destroyer with the ball for the Black Caps picking up figures of 5-23, off 10 overs.
The Shamrocks were then able to defend their total dismissing Ulverstone for 186 in reply with two wickets apiece to captain Michael Lukic, Jacob Kooran, Nathan Parkin and Joey Cullen.
“I think we had a fair rub of the green as they say today,” Lukic said.
“We dodged a bullet because we were 6-40 at one stage with the bat and managed to get to 189 and it wasn’t our best effort with the ball but we lifted when we needed to a toward the end to get the result.
“It was just a patches game for us – we played well with the bat in patches and then bowled well in patches but it wasn’t the 100-over effort we were asking for before the game.
“But a win is a win and it was probably a good one for us to get to grind one out in a tight game and the boys can take a lot away from the game because it is never easy to win at Ulverstone.”
Riverside continued their winning form with a nine-wicket victory over bottom team Sheffield at Windsor Park.
Sheffield won the toss and made 9-163 batting first with opener Aiden Marshall top scoring with 63 and Richard Miles 41.
Jack Williams was among the wickets again taking 4-25 from his 10 overs of leg-spin and Ramesh Sundra took 2-26 with his left-arm, off-spinners.
The Blues knocked off the total for the loss of one wicket finishing at 1-166, in 26.2 overs to earn double bonus points.
Opener Tom Garwood went for five but Jack Hunt was 55 not out and Pete New 93 not out – New’s knock coming off 71 balls with 14 fours and two sixes.
“It was a convincing win in the end – we thought we bowled pretty well to restrict them to 163 on a good wicket,” Riverside captain Alex Saunders said.
“At the break we spoke about batting well and the bonus point or double points being in play and we managed to get off to a good start and Pete New and Jack Hunt did the bulk of the work between the two of them.
“It’s been a pretty slow start to the season and a few wash-outs so we have a bit of momentum going now and those bonus points will be handy if it close toward the end of the year.”
South Launceston found the going tough in their match against Latrobe at Latrobe.
The Knights batting line-up failed to fire as they were dismissed for 119, off 38.4 overs after winning the toss and batting.
Opener John Hayes top scored with 27 and Mark Nutting made 20 with Dion Parsons the wicket-taker for the Demons picking up 4-24 off his 10 overs.
Latrobe chased down the runs for the loss of five wickets to finish at 5-120, in 34.4 overs.
Rhys French hit 32 and Nathan Avery 31 with Jack Young taking 2-19.
Devonport had too much firepower for Launceston in their game at the Devonport Oval winning by 147 runs.
The Lions won the toss and decided to field with the Orions amassing 9-257.
Bruce Will top scored with 53 along with Miles Barnard and Brent Lawler made 41 – Barnard and Lawler adding a partnership of 88 for the second wicket.
Luke Badham was the star with the ball for Launceston taking impressive figures of 5-47 off his 10 overs.
In reply, Launceston was dismissed for 110 in 47.2 overs.
Openers Alistair Taylor (30) and Cameron Lynch (29) made a good start to the run chase with a 50-run parternship but after that the wheels fell off losing their last eight wickets for 34 runs.
Andre de Lange was the destroyer with the ball picking up 4-17 from his 10 overs.
Mowbray suffered their second successive GNC loss after going down to Burnie by four wickets at Invermay Park.
The Eagles could only manage 6-149 with the bat after winning the toss.
Luke Scott continued the good form that saw him earn promotion from second grade to replace Rohan Pooley top scoring with 48 not out at No.5.
Apart from his score the rest of the batting order failed to produce much in the way of high scores with Jerome Illingworth the next best with 19.
The Eagles continue to lose wickets in clumps with Tom Lewis the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers picking up figures of 3-24 off his eight overs and Pearce Watling took 2-11 off 10 with five maidens.
Burnie opener Brodie Hayes guided his team to victory with a solid knock of 67 with UK import Charlie King finishing 22 not out.
Jordan Loone continued his good form with the ball for the Eagles taking 3-47 from his 10 overs and Clinton Reid took 2-18, off nine overs of spin.