Planning pays off for Knights

SOUTH Launceston gained an outright victory over George Town on the final day of their two-day match at the NTCA No. 2 Ground.

George Town resumed at 6-27, chasing 295, and was dismissed in its first innings for 66  off 24.1 overs.

Luke Badham made 25 and Sam Luck 18.

Kyle Bowie bowled well for the Knights, claiming 4-37  off 11 overs, and coach Ben Austen took 3-5  off three.

The Saints were made to bat again and were dismissed for 128  off 46 overs  in their second innings.

Captain Marshall Pooley top-scored in the second dig with 31 and UK import Harry Bolland made 24.

Jeremy Jackson was the best with the ball for South, picking up 3-36  off seven overs - the Knights winning by an innings and 101 runs.

``We spoke during the week about what we needed to do today and executed that well,'' Austen said.

``Our bowlers were good and our fielding was good with a couple of run-outs and good catches - the deck was a little bit slower than last week, but all in all it was a pretty good effort from our guys.

``I'm unsure but think we should get about 10 points for the outright win, which doesn't happen too often in two-day cricket.''

MOWBRAY put in a solid performance with the bat to beat Launceston by 85 runs on the first innings at Invermay Park.

Chasing the Lions' total of 197, the Eagles resumed at 1-33, and captain John Le Fevre (82) and Liam Reynolds combined for a valuable 112-run partnership for the second wicket until Reynolds was dismissed just before lunch.

Le Fevre followed soon after the lunch break but Clinton Reid then batted very well to top-score with 94 and, along with Jerome Illingworth, combined in another good partnership of 69 runs for the fourth wicket to see the Eagles to victory.

Mowbray was eventually dismissed for 282, with Ben Fraser the most successful of the Launceston bowlers, taking 4-55, and Ross Tulich picking up 3-64.

``I was very happy with the bat - we batted really well,'' Le Fevre said.

``To make 280 was a really good score at Invermay Park with the outfield the way it is.

``Liam and I got off to a good start and then Clinton and Jerome put on a really good partnership, which was really pleasing and probably won the game for us.

``It was very pleasing, and getting 280 means we picked up a couple of extra bonus points.''

WESTBURY bowled well to claim a comfortable victory over Riverside at Windsor Park.

Chasing the Shamrocks' total of 8-303  declared, the Blues struggled in their run chase to be dismissed for 117 in their first dig.

Tom Garwood made 21 and Ramesh Sundra top-scored with 27.

Richard Howe was the main destroyer with the ball for Westbury, picking  5-18  off 16 overs.

Sent back in to bat a second time, Riverside was 5-165  in its second innings when time ran out.

Peter New top-scored with 49 and Tom Hay finished 39 not out.

``We were really happy with our bowling effort and at the start of the day expected to be in for a fairly long day,'' Westbury coach Adrian Tudor said.

``The wicket didn't have any gremlins in it and it looked pretty flat, but it had some pace and bounce, the same as last week.

``It was just a magic performance by Richard Howe, who bowled straight over the top of off-stump and just continuously asked questions of the batsmen and they came up a little short.''



Clinton Reid (Mowbray) 94

John Le Fevre (Mowbray) 82

Peter New (Riverside) 49


Richard Howe (Westbury) 5-18

Kyle Bowie (South) 4-37

Ben Fraser (Launceston) 4-55

John Le Fevre bats for Mowbray as Launceston keeper Alistair Taylor tries to catch him out at Invermay Park yesterday. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

John Le Fevre bats for Mowbray as Launceston keeper Alistair Taylor tries to catch him out at Invermay Park yesterday. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON