Mowbray off to winning start in defence of their Greater Northern Cup cricket title

A six-wicket haul to Jerome Illingworth helped Mowbray get their Greater Northern Cup flag defence off to a winning start as the Eagles handed Wynyard a 157-run defeat in their game at Wynyard.

CHASING RUNS: Devonport batsman Jackson Saggers takes a swing against the South Launceston attack at the NTCA No.2 Ground. Pictures: Phil Biggs

CHASING RUNS: Devonport batsman Jackson Saggers takes a swing against the South Launceston attack at the NTCA No.2 Ground. Pictures: Phil Biggs

Mowbray made 8-273 from their 50 overs after winning the toss and batting first.

Captain John Le Fevre top scored with 56 at the top of the order and opening partner Alex Jordan made 49 – the pair putting on a partnership of 85 for the first wicket.

Casey Young runs out Devonport batsman Chris Lindsay from a throw from John Hayes.

Casey Young runs out Devonport batsman Chris Lindsay from a throw from John Hayes.

Rohan Pooley made 47 and Illingworth chipped in with 29 down the order.

Bhodi Johnston, Dane Townsend and Dane Townsend took two wickets apiece for the Blues.

In reply, Wynyard were dismissed for 116 in 29.3 overs, after collapsing to be 3-1, Greg Sharman top scoring with 38 and captain Brodie Stokes finishing 26 not out.

Illingworth claimed the impressive figures of 6-11, off 8.2 overs and James Storay took 2-20, off five.

“Our batting was really good without being spectacular but we will take 270 any day – we had a few make 40 or 50 and it would have been nice for someone to go and make a big score,” Mowbray captain John Le Fevre said.

“Jerome bowled really well as did Jarrod Freeman without luck – it was a positive start but we still have a few areas to work on.”

WESTBURY made a winning start to their season defeating Burnie by 77 runs at Westbury.

The Shamrocks made 5-231 after the Hurricanes won the toss and fielded.

UK import Dave Rodgers made 43 at the top of the order before retiring hurt and Dane Anderson top scored with a good knock of 91 off 91 balls with three fours and five sixes.

Shaun Leatherbarrow contributed 35 not out and Jake Williams 33.

In reply Burnie was dismissed for 154 off 39.3 overs with opener Brodie Hayes top scoring with 51.

Matthew Battle picked up 2-17, off seven and captain Michael Lukic 4-45, off 7.3

“It was a good start to the season after being comprehensively beaten by Burnie up there last year,” Lukic said.

“We are a different looking team this year and we managed to get 11 contributors and were fortunate to get a result in what were tricky, windy conditions today.

“We’re limited in what we have in the pace stocks at the moment but Matt Battle and Nathan Parkin bowled really well and were the pick of the bowlers.”

LATROBE defeated Riverside by 28 runs in their match at Riverside.

The Demons made 5-240 after the Blues put them in to bat first.

Callan Morse top scored with 81 and Jacob Webb finished 45 not out.

Sam Lockett picked up 2-31 off eight overs and Alex Kerrison 2-43 off eight.

In reply the Blues were dismissed for 212 in the 49th over with captain Alex Saunders top scoring with 43 at No.7 and Oli Wood making 33.

Neil Flack (Scottish Import) was the best of the Latrobe bowlers taking 3-36 off 10 overs.

“We had a couple of injuries and setbacks during the week so we were a pretty young team with two of our guys still in England,” Saunders said.

“They batted really well building a base and getting to 240 with some good hitting at the end.

“We made a decent start but lost too many wickets in a clump through the middle – we came home and gave ourselves a sniff with about 10 overs to go when we hit some boundaries but we lost too many of our top order too early.”

DEVONPORT handed South Launceston a 109-run defeat in their match at the NTCA No.2 Ground.

The Orions made 270 after being sent in to bat with Tony Dell the star with a century knock of 120, off 115 balls, which included 12 fours.

Jack and Casey Young, Alec Smith and Mark Nutting all took two wickets each for the Knights.

In reply, South finished at 7-161, with opener John Hayes top scoring with 52.

Christopher Lindsay, Samuel Fogg and Anish Paraam (Singaporean Import) picked up two wickets apiece for Devonport.

“We were underdone and outplayed in all aspects of the game,” South coach Mark Nutting said.

“It turned out to be a good batting wicket when we thought there would be more in it and they ended up having probably the best of the conditions – but that being said it wasn’t worth 110 runs between the two sides.

“We have a bit of work to do and we seemed like we went about it like a practice game rather than the first game of the season so it was a little bit disappointing.” 

ULVERSTONE got their season off to a winning start after defeating Launceston by 59 runs in their game at Ulverstone.

The home side made 8-231 with Darren Banham top scoring with a great knock of 101 which included seven fours and five sixes.

Dom Rawlings was the best of the Launceston bowlers picking up figures of 3-43 off their 10 overs and Cameron Lynch took 2-25 off seven.

The Lions made 172 in reply, off 43.3 overs with Cameron Lynch top scoring with 54 at the top of the order.

Brett Munday was the best of the Robins bowlers taking 3-25 off 9.3 overs.

“We didn’t execute as well as we would have liked,” Launceston coach Andy Gower said.

“We bowled well in patches but let ourselves down a bit in the middle overs to let them get away a bit.

“We brought it back in at the end after they were 2-150 after 37 overs and to restrict them to 230 was a good effort. We got off to a flier with the bat with Cameron and Alistair Taylor putting on 50-odd but we didn’t score enough runs through the middle order but there were lots of positives.”