1011 1st Grade R8 v North Hobart

Glen 9/ 224 (50)

N. Matthews 94* (140)
Rob. Dilger 63 (89)
N. Butterworth 28 (23)

lost to NH 230 (49.4)

S. McGuire 4/ 42 (9.4)
N. Matthews 3/ 53 (10)
R. Delaney 2/ 50 (10)

Round 8 of the first grade season saw the Magpies taking on defending champs North Hobart in a Kookaburra Cup showdown.

It was a cracking day with a great looking pitch & a fast outfield.

The toss was won by North Hobart skipper Adam “Jordan tattoo” Griffith & had no hesitation in having a stick.

The pies started well with the ball with opening pair Rowdy Matthews & Dingo McGuire taking a few early poles to have the Demons 3-50, North Hobart duo Bucky Rogers & Todd Pinnington then steadied the innings with a nice partnership, before giant killer Wristy Delaney forced Rogers into a false shot to a nice catch by Geeves heading directly at his dead black tooth.

Wickets fell consistently from there to have North Hobart all out for 230 with McGuire taking 4, Matthews 3, Delaney 2 & Cabcharge Ripper 1.

We were very confident of chasing down these runs on this ripping wicket & fast outfield but after losing early wickets at the top of the list we were in desperate need of a partnership at 3-20.

Enter the new Polk Nathan Matthews.

Matthews combined beautifully with my man Dirky Dilger & went about building a great partnership to get us back in striking distance of the Demon’s total.

Unfortunately Rob fell for 63 & from there we struggled for partners to take some of the remaining load off Rowdy’s shoulders.

It was a gallant effort but the Pies fell an agonising 6 runs short with Rowdy left on 94 not out.

With 7 games left in the remaining 4 weeks before Christmas the Pies will be looking to go into the break in the top 4, we’ll be welcoming Luke Butterworth & Ed Cowan back into the fold for 4 of these games so hopefully the success of the Tigers can be contagious for the Pies.

Wednesday night we head down to Kingsford in a Twenty20 & hopefully can get the chocolates.

Go Pies
Nathan Butterworth