Glenorchy has left the previous round’s woes behind it as it roared back to life with a dominant first day of the CTPL’s round six against reigning premier Lindisfarne.
While the Magpies bowlers overpowered the Lightning batters, elsewhere in the competition the runs flowed as the bat dominated ball.
But Glenorchy’s impressive mental strength that has the Magpies in a strong position to bring up its second win of the season.
Last round, the Pies conceded 4-370 against Kingborough on day one and then were forced to forfeit before day two even begun due to an incorrect team sheet being lodged.
However, Glenorchy put this behind it, sending Lindisfarne in at Anzac Park and dismissing the home side for 191. The Magpies then consolidated this strong start to be 1-111 at stumps.
Glenorchy captain-coach Josh Hartill said he was delighted by the comeback.
“Obviously a few unfortunate events last week, it was a tough day on the field and then to give up the points without having a bat was very disappointing,” Hartill said.
“To bounce back and the vibe around the group has been really good all season even though we haven’t played our best cricket.
“This group has really good energy and it showed yesterday with a bit of a bounce back.”
The Lightning was doing OK at 4-167 but lost its last six wickets for just another 24 runs (including the last four for seven) as quick Brandon Kopper ran amok, finishing with his season’s best of 4-32.
Hartill rated Kopper as fast as anybody in the league.
“We use his pace for four or five overs to try and get us wickets,” he said.
“He’s a strike bowler and at times he’s going to go for runs but like yesterday he can also take quick wickets and change the game.”
Hartill will be a key player on day two as he resumes on 22 not out alongside opener Sanjay Anandarajah (51 not out).
He took the team sheet error on the chin.
“(I checked this week’s team sheet) about three or four times and even the umpires mentioned it at the toss,” he said.
“Don’t worry I’ve copped my fair share in the past week or so.”
Clarence’s batters feasted on South Hobart-Sandy Bay’s bowlers at Queenborough Oval, amassing 7-403 declared in just 82 overs.
Playing-coach Harry Allanby was the top-scorer, finishing on 141 not out from 153 balls, but it was an unlikely source who turned the momentum of the game.
Coming in at 5-170, Roos skipper Sam Rainbird – better known for his left-arm fast-medium bowling – plundered 111 from only 92 balls with 10 fours and eight sixes in a 165-run stand with Allanby.
Such was the run rate, the Roos were able to have a crack with the ball, picking up a wicket late in the day to have the Sharks 1-33 at stumps.
Tigers opener Tim Ward chalked up the first double-century of the season to be 202 not out at stumps as University racked up 6-385 against Kingborough at the Twin Ovals.
Ward shared a 186-run stand with captain Param Uppal (91), who continued on his red-hot form.
It was deju vu for North Hobart, which – for the second round in a row – made a modest first innings score before taking vital wickets late on day one to be in the box seat, this time against New Town at New Town.
After making 265, the Demons had the Bucks 3-21 at stump.
North Hobart was greatly helped by a run out off the first ball of the home side’s innings after a horrible mix up saw non-striker Will Satori dismissed without facing a ball.
It was mixed fortunes for all involved in the women’s CTPL with all four sides enjoying a T20 win and a loss on Sunday.
Clarence showed its first win of the season the previous round was no fluke with a first up victory over New Town.
The Roos made 6-128 batting first, with Tabitha Saville top-scoring with 41, and were then able to restrict the Bucks to just 4-112 in reply.
It was a complete form reversal in the second game, with the Roos hot streak coming to an end.
Clarence could only muster 6-93 from its 20 overs, a target the Bucks raced to in 13 overs.
Sterre Kallis, who has been a star for the Bucks all season, again top scored with 40 from 29 balls in the small chase.
In the top of the table clash, honours were also shared between the Greater Northern Raiders and North Hobart at Latrobe.
In game one, the Demons modest score of 7-119 proved to be way too much for the Raiders who could only register 9-94 in reply with Clare Scott having the outstanding figures of 3-8 from four overs – two of which were maidens.
It was a similar low scoring affair in game two, but this time with a different result.
The Raiders made 7-93 with the top five all making it into double figures but none reaching the 20s.
But again, runs were incredibly hard to make on the Latrobe surface as North Hobart demonstrated in its chase.
Despite Clare Scott’s 36, only one other Demons’ batter – Shelby Leonard (10) – reached double digits as the visitors were held to just 9-75 as Alice McLauchlan (3-7 from four overs) and Meg Radford (3-8 from four) completely bamboozled North Hobart.