There was plenty of male and female state players turning out for their local Detail First Cricket Tasmania Premier League clubs on Saturday.
Matthew Wade marked his return for Clarence with a blistering 111 from 105 balls, which included eight boundaries and five sixes. Cricket Tasmania Talent Manager and Sydney Thunder batsman Ben Rohrer was also in fine touch with 101 off just 89 deliveries.
Cameron Stevenson (2-39) and Sam Rainbird (1-26) contributed with the ball for Clarence as they accounted for New Town at Kangaroo Bay.
Beau Webster was in good form for Kingborough against Lindisfarne, making his way to 91 to top-score for the home side. Charlie Wakim (41) and Ben McDermott (32) both got some valuable time in the middle as Lindisfarne secured victory.
Gabe Bell led South Hobart Sandy Bay’s bowling attack, taking 4-19 from ten very tidy overs. Simon Milenko (38) and Alex Doolan (24) contributed with the bat as the Sharks overhauled Glenorchy’s 107 with minimal fuss.
James Faulkner was in fine touch with both bat and ball for University in their win over North Hobart, claiming 3-20 from 7.2 overs and then hitting 52 not out to guide his side over the line.
Tim Paine had a good day with the gloves for University, claiming five catches in a neat display.
The Tasmanian Roar players also had their first local hit out for the season, with the Detail First Cricket Tasmania Premier League women’s competition getting underway.
Celeste Raack was a key performer for Lindisfarne in their matchup against Kingborough, taking 1-12 and top-scoring with 34.
Isobel Joyce (1-6 from four overs and 22 not out) helped South Hobart Sandy Bay easily account for Glenorchy, while Erin Fazackerley (18 and 3-6 from four overs) was a key player for Clarence in its win over New Town.
The Tasmanian Tigers named its 13-man squad for the opening Sheffield Shield fixture of the season on Saturday, with the squad travelling to Perth for the day-night fixture against Western Australia tomorrow.