Former Launceston cricketer Alex Pyecroft takes North Hobart to upset win

UPRIGHT: Ex-Launceston seamer Alex Pyecroft during an appearance at UTAS Stadium during the Aussie 15s tournament.
UPRIGHT: Ex-Launceston seamer Alex Pyecroft during an appearance at UTAS Stadium during the Aussie 15s tournament.

Former Launceston allrounder Alex Pyecroft has almost single-handedly on Saturday delivered North Hobart an upset win over South Hobart-Sandy Bay.

The 25-year-old stepped up with bat and ball to knock off the reigning Tasmania Premier League top-grade champions in the season’s Twenty20 opener.

Coming to the crease at 3-86, Pyecroft smashed 20 off just eight deliveries that included four boundaries to carry North Hobart to 5-124.

Pyecroft took the new ball and removed both Sharks opening batsmen.

He returned for the final over, bowling out ex-George Town’s Gabe Bell for a first-ball duck.

Pyecroft, who last left the NTCA Lions in 2011, took match-winning figures of 3-23 to hand his side a thrilling five-run victory. 

Ryan Rees also bowled his New Town side to a tight win over Lindisfarne.

The one-time Launceston quick grabbed 3-18 to help teammate Nathan Wegman (3-10) restrict their rivals to just 85 off 20 overs.

New Town were forced to defend a low 8-99.

Glenorchy had a convincing eight-wicket victory over Clarence.

Richard Dilger belted out an opening-round highest score of 68 off 63 balls.

Ex-Launceston batsman James Whitely opened with five and Ex-Westbury’s Jacob Kooran was out the next ball.

Kingborough just snuck home by three wickets over University of Tasmania chasing 92 for victory.