by Wicket to Wicket, with Randall Woodley
THE four Tewantin-Noosa Thunder Cricket Teams began the second part of the season last Saturday with mixed results.
FIRSTS. A brilliant century by Jarrod Officer was not enough to overhaul the Caboolture Snakes target of 263 in their 50 0vers match. Playing at Read Park on a good batting wicket and fast outfield, the visitors won the toss and batted first.
The TNT openers bowled tightly without success and the Caboolture openers gradually built the score at about 4 runs an over. The Snakes put on 124 before the first wicket fell to Cody Rzeszkowski.
Then Bear Gear took the wicket of the competitions top runs scorer with his first ball and bowled the other opener with his fifth ball. TNT were back in the game. However, although the wickets kept tumbling the scoring rate increased. Eventually Caboolture were all out for a very competitive score of 263 in the 49th over. Best bowling figures were to Ben Gear 2-23, Jarrod Officer 3-37, Cody Rzeszkowski 3-66 and Jacob Dennien 2-65.
Batting after lunch the TNT innings started disastrously with 3 wickets, including a run-out, falling in the first 6 overs. At 3-12, Andrew Kratzmann and Jarrod Officer came together and put on an intelligent, patient and crucial partnership of 141.
It ended when Andrew, struggling with heat exhaustion, was out for 65. Jarrod continued on to score his century, his first this season but when he was out for 104 the innings was almost over. TNT finished with 215. It was disappointing to see that, except for Officer and Kratzmann, no other batsman reached double figures- a real problem for the team that needs to be addressed.
SECONDS. The team travelled to Caboolture, optimistic about a good performance, given TNT's win at home against them last time the two teams met.
TNT chose to bat first and Chris Wright and Alexander Bennett opened up with a cautious start against the swinging ball to be 0-25 off the first 12 overs. After the fall of Wright's wicket, another teenager Darcy Morgan entered and the pair combined for a solid partnershipto be 1-48 off 20 at the first drinks break.
The team ended their 40 overs at 9- 131. Alex Bennett top scored with 37, Darcy Morgan 32 and Harrison Lea 19. It had been good to score with traditional shots so TNT felt they were in with a chance.
Mitch Langan opened up and showed why he will be a very good opening bowler in the future with late outswing troubling the batsmen to finish with 1-20 off 6. Keegan Bean bowling first change, snared 2-22 off his 6 and the wily Reece Langan bowled 8 overs for 1-17. At the break they were 4-47. However, some ineffective bowling let all the pressure slip and after a few dropped chances off their sloggers, they scored the next 80 in 11 overs to win the game comfortably. The ground fielding was good and there were plenty of positives to take away, with a bunch of home games and away trips to Yandina and Cooroy, TNT Seconds should finish the season strongly.
THIRDS. Playing Caloundra at Dale Officer oval the team won the toss and bowled first. Although the bowlers made use of the moving ball, Caloundra were able to register 201 off their 40 overs. It was one of the team's least disciplined bowling performances and the obligatory dropped catches let the opposition get away. There were some good periods of bowling by Harry Wilkinson (1-38) but he had at least 4 dropped catches off his bowling. Cody Wright took 3-35, Kieran Dunning 1-30, and Kent Officer 1-17.
When batting second, TNT's strategy of a cautious start seemed to be working as they were 0 for 43 at the 17th over. Unfortunately, most of the following batsmen did not contribute as expected. Sam Forrest (49 no) kept his cool and batting deep to give the team a chance. Other top scorers were Harry Wilkinson (29), David Baker (19) and Naveen Chand (18) bringing a late order spark with 3 boundaries. TNT's final score of 136 was not good enough on the day.
FOURTHS. The team had a long hot drive to Burpengary and batted first. With the mown grass acting as extra ring of fielders, boundaries proved hard to get. However, the team adapted to the conditions and after 40 overs had posted 150 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Best scorers were Luke Anstey 36, Craig Moore 22, Jonno Reynolds 18 and Nev Kratzmann 15. Tom Green, 12 no. and Justin Latimer, 8 no. batted together for the last 8 overs for a valuable 22 run partnership to give the total some respectability.
Burps plodded to 21 runs off the first 10 overs to be 4-65 at drinks before ending up well short- all out 104 in the 34th. Thunder wicket takers were Graham Chaplin 2-15 off 8, Tom Green 3-14 off 4, Joe Jurisevic 3-23 off 5, with Jonno Reynolds taking 1-6 off his one over.
Good catches to Tony Watson, Luke Anstey, Adam Bean and Jonno Reynolds securing a well earned win and a top 2 one-day finish.