A maiden first grade century from Brodie Hayes helped the Burnie Hurricanes into a strong position in their semi-final against Latrobe.
The teenage opener showed tremendous powers of concentration to bat through all of Day 1, scoring 112 not out in an innings that featured seven fours and one six.
Hayes’ heroics provided the bedrock to an imposing Hurricanes total of 7/286, achieved through keeping wickets in hand in the first session.
In the second half of the day they took advantage of a tiring Demons attack.
Nick Revell (56), Charlie King (32), Tyler Johns (25 not out) and James Odgers (21) also made important contributions, with Revell, King and Odgers all sharing in 50-plus run partnerships with Hayes.
Pacemen Micheal Bishop (2-81) and Jacob Webb (2-64) were the pick of the Latrobe bowlers on a long day for the home side, with the Demons batting line-up faced with a significant run chase on Day 2.
Ulverstone has taken the honours on Day 1 of their semi-final against Devonport.
The Orions won the toss and batted first at home, but their innings started disastrously. Miles Barnard (0), Anish Paraam (1) and Andre de Lange (10) were all out early, and Devonport slumped to 3-21.
A 52-run fourth-wicket partnership between Brent Lawler (28) and Bruce Will (26) slowed the Black Caps momentum for a while, but when both were dismissed in quick succession, the Orions were in big trouble at 6-77.
Despite middle and lower order contributions from Sam Robinson (31), Tyler Dell (18) and Sam Fogg (16), Devonport could only muster a first innings total of 148.
Ulverstone’s pace trio of Will Dau (4-25), Damien DeVries (3-28) and Matt Talbot (3-40) were the chief destroyers in an outstanding bowling and fielding performance from the visitors.
Ulverstone faced 23 overs to close out Day 1, finishing at 1/46.
The Black Caps lost Andrew Van Tatenhove (18) in the eighth over, falling to Chris Lindsay (1-21), but Sam Lovatt (13 not out) and Darren Banham (14 not out) held firm to see out the remaining overs until stumps.
The visitors require 103 runs with nine wickets in hand to claim a first innings win.
Both matches conclude on Sunday.
Stars with Bat and Ball
Batting – Brodie Hayes (Burnie Hurricanes) 112 not out, Nick Revell (Burnie Hurricanes) 56, Charlie King (Burnie Hurricanes) 32, Sam Robinson (Devonport) 31, Brent Lawler (Devonport) 28.
Bowling – Will Dau (Ulverstone) 4-25, Damien DeVries (Ulverstone) 3-28, Matt Talbot (Ulverstone) 3-40, Jacob Webb (Latrobe) 2-64.