LeFevre's classy century top start

MOWBRAY captain John LeFevre smashed a quick-fire century to give his side the upper hand on day one of its NTCA semi-final against Launceston at NTCA No.1 yesterday.

 LeFevre amassed 120 at the top of the order after a delayed start because of a wet patch on the centre wicket caused by overnight rain.

LeFevre had strong support from Liam Reynolds (42) and Clinton Reid, who remains at the crease on 24 not out with Alan Eadie (6 not out).

The Eagles are 3-217 heading into today's play and must win the match to advance through to next week's final.

``We batted really well and I am pretty happy with where we are at the moment,'' LeFevre said.

``Obviously we need to win the game and whether we bat on or declare overnight is a pretty big decision.''

Launceston's best bowler was veteran Jade Selby - claiming 1-25 off eight overs.

Lions  skipper Rowan Smith said his teammates failed to take their chances after Mowbray showed good intent with the bat.

When Launceston gets its opportunity to bat, Smith said he would be looking for lengthy partnerships in order to bat out the day.

WESTBURY's semi-final encounter with South Launceston has been reduced to a 118-over game, after just one and a half hours' play at Shaws Oval yesterday.

Play began at 4pm, with Shamrocks bowler Nick Spencer claiming three wickets to have South Launceston 4-71 in their first innings.

Spencer took down Chris Hay (24), Mark Nutting (6) and Jeremy Jackson (6) in a destructive spell of fast bowling.

Westbury captain Dane Anderson said the ground's run ups were slippery following 25 millimetres of rain.

``The wicket is pretty flat and losing the amount of overs we did, it was probably in out best interest to have a bowl,'' Anderson said.

``Now they have to bowl us out to go through.''

South captain Sean Harris said his batsman were instructed to force the runrate and did their job, but his team lost a few more wickets than hoped.

The Knights were 1-26, but collapsed to be 4-50.

Harris is not out on 14 and first drop Tom Waller is unbeaten on 15.

``With a full day of cricket left we would like to post a reasonable score that Westbury can chase . . . we are looking to score around 150,'' Harris said.

``I have got full confidence in our bowlers  as long as we can post a competitive total and give ourselves enough time to bowl them out.''


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