by Wicket to Wicket, Randall Woodley
AFTER day one of the new season, two of the senior Tewantin-Noosa Thunder Cricket Teams (TNT) are well placed. Firsts are on track for a first innings win and Fourths should win their game next Saturday.
FIRSTS: Playing the Maroochydore Swans at Read Park, Tewantin, the toss was lost and the home team was sent into bat on a wicket with some life in the morning session.
The team was looking for a solid score of 200 runs plus to start their season. After losing an early wicket at 16, opener Cody Rzseszkowski and Ben Gear set about rebuilding the innings.
After losing Cody for 22, Jarrod Officer and Gear put on 40 runs before Officer was out, caught on the boundary, on the last ball before lunch for 21.
Lachie Gunner joined Gear and they batted patiently for the next hour and a half, putting on 90 runs in their sixth wicket partnership.
Unfortunately, in the fading light Ben Gear fell just short of his century on 93 and Lachie Gunner, running out of partners was stumped on 48.
Both these innings were the best that the club has seen by these players for some time and it was a good sign for the coming season.
Stephen Shaw declared the innings closed on 9 for 208 and gave his spinners, Cody Rzseszkowski and Nick Bennett, three overs to take some wickets. Despite a number of appeals, the Swans openers survived and when the umpires called stumps at 4.30pm they were 0 for 8. Next Saturday, with an early start at 10am, the TNT bowlers will be out to get quick wickets to ensure the team obtains the first innings points, as a minimum.
SECONDS: The team also played Maroochydore at their ground and were sent into bat on a pitch which was doing plenty early. The Swan's bowlers were accurate and hit good areas. Opener Reece Langan was run out in the first over and then further wickets saw the TNT team at 3-10 and a few overs later at 4-24. Then a good partnership between Reid Campbell, 24 and Jason Toohey, 36 added some respectability to the team's first innings score which ended on 81.
When TNT took to the field their young bowlers, lacking experience were far too inconsistent for any level and hopefully they will learn a lesson for the next matches. The Swans' batsmen punished the bad balls and they scored 1-101 in 14 overs before declaring with a small lead. This gave the TNT team an outside chance to win the game, next Saturday with the hope that the team will improve in their overall performance. In form veteran, Jason Toohey finished not out in the second innings (to be replaced in week 2 by Harrison Lea) together with Keegan Bean. Captain Chris Wright is challenging his young team to take up the challenge.