We’re well into March, and the Australian cricket season is entering the home stretch. Sean Terry’s Melville played three games in the National Premier Cricket T20 Championships this week.

On Tuesday morning he made 12 of their 191 runs, as they beat City Cyclones by 59 runs. That afternoon, he top scored with 44(38) in their total of 133 against Tuggeranong Valley - a low score these days in T20, but it proved more than enough, as they dismissed their opponents for 94 runs (Terry taking a catch along the way). Their run came to an end, alas, on Wednesday morning, when their total of 127-5 (3 from Terry) was reached by University of Queensland in 17.5 overs. While perusing that scorecard, I noticed Merrion’s Jack Carty, who was under my radar all winter, has been lining out for University of Queensland. He scored 11 opening the batting in this match and bowled 2 overs (0-10), and in the Grand Final against Carlton, he took 3-11 in 3 overs, and scored 24 runs, in a close match they lost by 1 run. Carty has played well in the 2nd Grade this year, scoring 358 runs at 32.55, and has taken 16 wickets at 24.0. In the National Premier T20s, he averaged 22.25 with the bat and 11.0 with the ball.

Nathan Smith may have turned his back on his professional (and Ireland) ambitions, but he continues to play club cricket for Northern District. Today he opened the bowling against Eastern Suburbs, taking 1-20 in his 10 overs as they limited their opponents to 176. Northern finished the day on 115-2 after 21 overs.

Graham Kennedy’s Hannans won their A Grade semi-final against Great Boulder. In the first innings, Kennedy took 1-26 in his 8 overs, as they limited their opponents to 175-9 over 50 overs. In reply, Hannans reached their target with 6 balls to spare, for a 1-wicket victory, Kennedy top-scoring with 36.

Ross Allen’s Centrals had a first innings win over Jeeralang-Boolarra today. In the first innings, Allen took 1-19 in his 6 overs (including 3 maidens) as they limited their opponents to 117ao. Unfortunately he went for a duck later on, but his spell with the ball contributed to a 5-wicket victory for Centrals.

Aaron Gillespie’s Albury had a comfortable win today, to the extent he barely got to bat. In the first innings, they dismissed Wodonga Raiders for 121, and they then reached their target for a 7-wicket win, Gillespie getting 1* before the contest ended after 22 overs of their innings.

Katamatite are playing a 2-day semi-final in the Barooga Sporties Premier Division. Stumps today after 80 overs saw their opponents end the day on 298-8, Sam Gordon 1-52 off his 16 overs. 

Aaron Wright’s Merbein South were at the wrong end of a low-scoring encounter against Coomealla Wentworth. Their opponents made 171-6 in their 40 overs, more than enough as the Merbein side were dismissed for 69, Wright’s 11 runs just short of top score for his side.

Sophie MacMahon’s Gordon CC had an emphatic win against Northern District last Sunday. In the first innings, they made 205ao in 49.2, MacMahon contributing 4, and dismissed their opponents for 101 in the 38th over, MacMahon bowling 3 overs (0-24).

Our New Zealand dispatch revals the Irish have brought the weather with them. Unfortunately the rain which washed out the first two days of the test match also reached Tauranga The Cadets key Premiership game with Mount Maunganui was called off, but as other games were also disrupted The Cadets still qualified for a home Premiership semi final With the 1sts game off James Metcalfe played for the reserves in a game reduced to 22 overs Sangha make 122, but the Cadets fell 10 runs short with James making 26.

And finally an update from South Africa, where Jack Buss from Cork Harlequins is attending and playing for Westfield Boys High School in Durban for his 4th year. Last week he played for their 3rds vs Kingsway 1sts and scored 51 of their 220 runs. In reply they dismissed Kinway for 22-10, a margin of 198 runs.

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