Twenty20 teams size up the semis
IT WAS another easy win for Gracemere with medium pacer Tyrone Lamb taking his Saturday form into Sunday's Twenty20 match with Norths.
Unfortunately the Norths batting line-up never really got going, with just three players making it into double figures.
Paul Fogwell 11 and Chris Bath 11 not out, were the top scorers, with Vic Paton also contributing with 10 in a total of just 86.
Lamb was the pick of Gracemere's medium-pace attack taking 3-15 from his four overs, while Justin Stitt 3-22 and Chris Lloyd-Jones 2-12 provided excellent support.
Gracemere needed just three-quarters of their allocated overs to knock the required amount of runs, with Mark Moffat scoring 37 before being run out, while the two not out batsmen were Damien Knutsen on 28 and Michael Harth with 12.
Locally the team batting first seems to win the game. "History was against us but we batted properly to get those runs," Hart said.
Like Gracemere it looks as if University has qualified for a berth in the semi-finals after a convincing victory over Southside.
The Southside bowlers did a reasonable job and restricted Uni to 5-120, a total top order batsman Craig Wilkes thought was a bit light.
"We probably needed 30 more runs, especially with the number of wickets in hand," he said.
The University's Twenty20 captain John Harris showed the way by scoring 53 runs at better than a run a ball. Rupert Collins also gave the score a hurry up, hitting 24 in quick time.
Southside was unable to threaten the University total, with swing bowler Dave Armstrong the pick of the bowlers.