Launceston ended rival South Launceston’s undefeated start to the Cricket North season with a thrilling one-run victory on Sunday.
After electing to bat, the Lions finished 8-58 off their allotted 20 overs at NTCA Ground No.2 with Stacey Norton-Smith (15) and Lynn Hendley (17) getting the visitors off to a positive start.
The first three wickets fell with the score on 25 as Norton-Smith, captain Rhianne Hack (0) and Alexei Horner (0) all departed.
Victoria Geale (13) and Hendley managed to combine for 20 before another collapse saw the Lions lose 5-13 in a hurry.
Knights bowlers Meg Ryan (2-8) and Chelsea Ryan (2-13) led the charge with support from Lisa Battle (1-7), Alice McLauchlan (1-3) and Amy Duggan (1-6).
In response, South’s openers Duggan and Caitlyn Webster were dismissed for ducks and before too long the hosts were 5-11 with Belinda Wegman (4), McLauchlan (0) and Ryan (1) falling cheaply.
Radford proved a stumbling block for Launceston as she worked her way to 26 with her side 9-56 at the point of her demise. Ava Curtis (1 not out) was joined at the crease by Zara Broomby, who could only hold out four deliveries before Geale claimed her scalp with South a solitary run short and just three balls to play.
The chief destroyers for the second-placed Lions were Geale (2-7), Norton Smith (3-4) and Amy Pereira (2-7).
MOWBRAY toppled RIVERSIDE by seven wickets at Invermay Park with an all-round performance.
The Blues mustered 8-50 batting first with captain Maddison Hill (13) the only batter to score double figures as regular wickets tumbled.
Rachel Archer and Elyse Page were next best with nine apiece as Emily Scott collected 2-10.
The Eagles were 2-8 in the chase before Dana Lester and Georgie Nicolson (13) combined for a 39-run third-wicket stand.
Lester (23 not out) and Danielle Brain (2 not out) saw Mowbray home at 3-51 in the 14th over as Riverside’s Tayla Buchanan took 1-7 and affected a run out while Hill dismissed Brain with a direct hit.