LAUNCESTON produced an outstanding performance to topple Greater Northern Cup ladder-leaders Latrobe by five wickets away from home on Saturday.
The Lions’ bowlers were in red-hot form early and managed to claim regular scalps in dismissing the Demons for just 102 in 46.5 overs.
Tristan Weeks (23) top-scored at the top with Nathan Avery (15) and Heath Davies (19) the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Rowan Smith (3-25) led the frontier.
Jeremy Smith (2-22), Clayde White (2-13) and Matthew Woods (2-17) were also impressive comrades.
Skipper Alistair Taylor (28) and Rowan Smith (38) got Launceston to 45 without loss before five wickets fell as they passed the target in the 29th over.
Weeks was Latrobe’s most commendable bowler with 3-16 off 5.3 overs.
“It was a pretty good wicket but the outfield was a bit lush so it was hard to pierce the gaps,” Taylor said.
“All our bowlers were fantastic. The start was probably not what we wanted with Latrobe going at about five or six runs an over, but then Rowan Smith got a couple of big wickets in Callan Morse and Trent Keep first ball, which turned the game in our favour.
“We thought we’d be aggressive with the bat and put them under pressure and it paid off to some extent… we cashed in on some loose bowling.
“It would have been nice to get them three down, not five, but we’re happy with the win.”
The Lions boast a 4-3 win-loss record, while the Demons remain in top spot with only two losses.
A masterful 94 from dynamo Dane Anderson and some tight bowling helped newly crowned Cricket North Twenty20 champions WESTBURY to a 101-run victoryover Burnie at West Park.
Anderson and opening partner Kieren Hume (24) got things rolling before Anderson and Jake Williams combined for a 117-run second-wicket stand to have the Shamrocks 2-173 in the 38th over.
Williams fell not long after for 46 with Westbury limping to 7-228, while Josh Barry was superb for the Hurricanes with 5-39.
Burnie struggled in response and slumped to 5-44 as Westbury openers Matt Battle and Jono Chapman made things difficult early.
Nick Revell (19) was the only top-order batsman to do any good, while No.11 Nick Rolls saved Burnie some face with 29 to carry his side to 127 when they were dismissed with 11 overs to spare. Chapman ended up with 4-22 and Shamrocks captain Richard Howe picked up 3-43 in his side’s fourth win of the tournament.
“Today was definitely our best batting performance of the year… our top three valued their wicket and did a great job,” Howe said.
“Dane hit the ball really well despite unfortunately coming out a little bit short of a hundred and Jake Williams has come on well in the past three or four weeks.
“The wicket was a little green and there was plenty of swing for the bowlers.”
DEVONPORT won the toss and elected to field against Mowbray at Invermay Park, only to lose by 11 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Mowbray started on shaky ground at 3-28 before Jarrod Freeman (49) and Rohan Pooley (21) stopped the rot with a 75-run partnership.
Rhys Watson was stranded unbeaten on 37 when rain interrupted play with 11 balls to go, which called time on the innings with the Eagles 6-179.
Orions paceman Chris Lindsay was remarkable with 3-4 off eight. Devonport looked solid in pursuit and worked their way to 4-99 at the halfway mark, however, rain struck and the match was called off with Mowbray coming out on top after the calculator had done its job.
Dane (Anderson) hit the ball really well despite unfortunately coming out a little bit short of a hundred.Westbury captain Richard Howe
Tyler Dell (20), Anish Paraam (33) and Brent Lawler (18 not out) looked comfortable at the crease with Blake Cassidy, Jonathan Jones and Callum Peck all snagging one wicket each.
SOUTH LAUNCESTON smashed bottom-placed Wynyard by eight wickets and earned a double-bonus point at Wynyard Oval. The visitors made light work of the Blues – destroying them for a mere 51 in 30.2 overs.
“The bowlers set the game up for us brilliantly. Casey Young bowled 10 overs straight and took four wickets, and Jackson Young was great with three as well,” Knights captain Alec Smith said. “The conditions were difficult as it was very windy and a bit drizzly but the pitch wasn’t too bad.”
The reigning champions got the runs in the 12th over – South’s fourth win on the trot and now hold 4-4 record after a tough start to the year.
Details of the match between Sheffield and Riverside were not received by the Sunday Examiner’s deadline.