Launceston batsman Zac Oldenhof scored a maiden first grade century to anchor his side’s innings in their two-day match against Cricket North ladder-leader Westbury at Westbury on Saturday.
Riverside’s Sam Lockett steams in from the city end against South Launceston.
Oldenhof hit 131 off 161 balls with 11 fours and three sixes in the Lion’s total of 217, off 62.3 overs, after they won the toss and batted.
His century knock dominated the innings with the next best being Cameron Lynch who made 26,Tom Gray 24 and Dom Rawlings 21. The Lions were 3-10 when Oldenhof and Lynch combined in a vital 97-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
South Launceston batsman John Hayes at the crease and looking for runs against Riverside.
Shamrocks skipper Michael Lukic picked up 4-65 off 24 overs with his left-arm spinners to be the most successful bowler for his team withJonathon Chapman taking 3-27, off 13.3.
Riverside wicketkeeper Peter New stands ready at the stumps.
“We fought our way back into it after being 3-10 so to get a big partnership between Cameron and Zac and for Zac to get a hundred was really great,” Lions captain Rowan Smith said.
“He has shown a lot of talent for a few years but hasn’t really gone on with a big score so for him to get his first A-grade hundred was great.”
Riverside spinner Jack Williams celebrates a catch with Lyndon Stubbs and other teammates.
In reply, Westbury finished the first day’s play on 3-104 off 36 overs, still 113 runs in arrears of the Launceston total with seven wickets in hand.
Shaun Leatherbarrow and Kieran Hume finished unbeaten on 21 apiece. They lost openers Daniel Murfet for six, Dave Rodgers for 21 and Dane Anderson for 27, Dom Rawlings pickingup 2-34 off nine overs.
SOUTH LAUNCESTON batted themselves into a strong position on day one of their cricket North two-day game against Riverside at the NTCA No.2 Ground.
AIRBORNE: Riverside captain Alex Saunders in his delivery stride as he bowls from the northern end of the NTCA No.2 Ground against South Launceston. Pictures: Scott Gelston
The Knights were dismissed for 297 off 84.5 overs after they won the toss and decided to bat.
Coach Mark Nutting top scored with 89 batting at No.6, Liam Johnson made 63 and opener John Hayes 48.
English leg-spinner Jack Williams was the most successful bowler for Riverside picking up figures of 4-57 from 28.5 overs. Lyndon Stubbs took 2-62 off 12, Sam Lockett 2-75, off 16 and Tom Garwood 2-42, from 13.
South’s UK import Liam Johnson batting against the Blues.
In reply, the Blues safely navigated their way to 0-34 at stumps surviving 8.6 overs without loss.
OpenerTomGarwood finished on 15not out and Jack Hunt 13 not out.
STARS WITH THE BAT AND BALL
Zac Oldenhof (Launceston) 131
Mark Nutting (South Launceston) 89
Liam Johnson (South Launceston) 63
John Hayes (South Launceston) 48
Michael Lukic (Westbury) 4-65
Jack Williams (Riverside) 4-57
Scoreboards : Page 54-55
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