IN ONE of the most exciting matches played at Read Park for years, last Saturday Tewantin-Noosa Thunder First Grade Team defeated Nambour by 20 runs in their 50-over clash.
In a day when 550 runs were scored and 19 wickets taken, the standout player was TNT's Andrew Kratzmann. Batting first, TNT were 2-40 when Andrew joined youngster Alex Bennett at the crease and over the next two hours the pair put on a brilliant batting display. It was the master, Andrew showing the way for the talented youngster, Alex. When the partnership was broken they had put on 178 runs, close to a club record. Andrew was out for 105 and later Alex run out for 71 (his top First Grade score). TNT finished their 50 overs at 9 for 283, with Jarrod Officer contributing a quick 30.
When Nambour were 4 for 59 it appeared that a victory for TNT was a formality. However, their middle-order batsmen had other ideas and plenty of runs came at a good rate. With 10 overs to go they needed 80 runs and later 21 off the last over. Then a caught and bowl by Rowdy Thomson and a great run out by Stephen Shaw ensured they finished on 263 (20 runs short). Chris Whitworth, Rowdy Thomson and Cody Rzeszkowski took 2 wickets each. This was a great win for TNT and cements their place at the top of the table.
Second Grade travelled to Nambour to play the local side. Batting first TNT lost a wicket in the first over. Harrison Lea (17) and Nick Veness (20) provided a solid partnership of 32 to steady the ship. Then Tristin Griffin played one of his best club innings to score 73, sharing a partnership of 60 with captain Jason Toohey. The team eventually posted a competitive total of 181 off their 40 overs.
Steve Sinclairopened and bowled three great spells and using his experience, ended with 0-24 off 8 overs. Jye Baker got the initial breakthrough and took 1-24. Nicholas Bennettsbowled with flight and spin and ended with 2-33 off 8, whilst Jason Toohey took his usual 2 wickets. Sammy Forrest also ended with 2 wickets off 8 overs. Nambour finished with 172 runs, just 9 runs short of the target. Great win for the Seconds.
Thirds played their One Day Match at Dale Officer oval against Burpengary but went down. Top scorer for TNT was evergreen Kent Officer with 33.
Fourth Grade had a good win against Burpengary. They bowled out the opposition for 117 and then passed their total with the loss of 4 wickets. Top TNT bowlers were Graham Chaplain with 4 and Kieran Dunning with 2 wickets.
Fifth Grade played Palmwoods at their home ground and started the match with a solid opening partnership of 72 off 10 overs from Studley Martin (41) and Tony Watson (20). The team put together a target score of 197 with Royce Thompson and Justin Talbot contributing 37 runs each.
Palmwoods started the chase confidently, with an opening stand of 44 before Dale Brown eventually broke through.
Then Justin Talbot had an immediate impact taking 3 wickets in his first 2 overs to put some pressure back on the opposition. Palmwoods were 4-46 before a 5th wicket stand of 92 kept the game in the balance. With 8 overs remaining Palmwoods needed 25 runs. They reached the target in the 37th over for a win. Best TNT bowlers were Justin Talbot 4-35, Rupert Kain 1-11 and Tony Watson 1-23.
- Randall Woodley
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