The Eastern Shore Bombers proved to be too good for the Kingborough Knights in the top of the table clash that increased the gap between the classy outfit of the Bombers and the rest of the league.
The Bombers batted first and set the tone for the evening with a solid first pair, scoring 36 runs with the help of some inconsistent bowling. The score continued to escalate throughout the innings as the Bombers chipped away with consistent twos. It was a fantastic overall batting display as they did not lose a single wicket.
Kingborough’s first pair showed some promise, scoring 25 from their four overs, but it was all downhill from there as they only managed to muster up 64 runs and failed to win themselves a valuable skin.
Ben Harris was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets, Sean Farrelly and Ben Bannister also chipped in with two each.
The loss is a bitter pill to swallow for the Knights who would have loved a morale boosting win heading into the final rounds of the season.
In the other clash of the evening, a determined Huon & Channel side took on Hobart South.
There was yet again another strong batting display to open the contest, with Hobart South scoring 30 on the back of Mark Divin’s 16 and David Griffith’s 14. The following two pairs scored 26 runs each to take the score to a respectable 82, but two tidy overs of bowling from Brad Grimsley and Kev Davis ensured Hobart South only advance the score to 83 with two overs remaining.
Despite a less than convincing pair thus far, Henley and Conway steadied the ship in the final two overs and carried Hobart South to a defendable score of 98.
The run chase got off to a shaky start with a run out on the very first ball of the innings and then another one 5 balls later, taking the total score after the first over to -8. But McGuire didn’t seem phased as he cannoned a 7 into the back of the net in the third over and let multiple wides pass by in fourth over as they took the pair total to 21.
The second pair ticked along nicely for 25 but fell two runs short of winning the skin. Despite having lost out on the first two potential bonus points, the Hornets seemed unfazed, with the total score remaining well in reach. The penultimate pair lacked composure in the back half off their stand as they only mustered up 15 runs between them.
With one pair remaining, Hobart needed a large but not unachievable 38. Panton and Keating started their pair like a house on fire with 21 runs coming from the first two overs, meaning they dwindled down the required run rate to 9 per over. But a tight over from Divin followed by another run out ensured Huon & Channel fell 8 runs short of tallying their second win of the season.
Round 9 will commence at 7pm on Friday 27th July at Action Sports Stadiums Eastern Shore, with Huon & Channel looking to bounce back against the Eastern Shore Roos, and Hobart South taking on the Kingborough Knights.