THE original two day match between Wingham and Old Bar was reduced to a 40 over one day match at Cedar Party Reserve due to wet weather.
Wingham was keen for a great day of cricket and were looking forward to a favourable outcome. However, whilst the cricket was good it did not favour Wingham.
Old Bar won the toss and elected to bat with opening batsmen David and Michael Rees quickly adding runs to the score board. In the eighth over Jonathon Craig-Dobson claimed the first wicket when David Rees was caught Smoothy for 25. Phil Jirman joined Michael Rees at the crease and the pair added 38 to the score before Jirman was caught by Jackson Mullen off Daniel Barber for eight.
Jamie Hartland now partnered Rees and they built the innings to 123 when Rees was caught by Jackson Mullen off Brad Staff for 60. Hartland had two more partners, Tim Rees who was run out for (10), Bevan Coleman who was bowled by Mick Stinson for 11 before Hartland himself was caught behind by Craig-Dobson off Brock Hynes for a well earned 55.
At the end of the 40 overs Old Bar was 6/226. Best bowlers for Wingham were Craig-Dobson 1/26 off 5 overs, Hynes 1/24 off four and Staff 1/26 off eight.
In reply Jackson Mullen and Damon Minett opened the batting with Minett falling in the third over when he was caught behind by Bevan Coleman off Dave Rees.
In the next over Jake Mullen was caught by Michael Rees off Paxton Kelly.
Staff endeavoured to stabilise the Wingham batting performance and added a solid 28 to the score before being caught by Brendon Rees off Michael Rees. Wingham’s luck seemed to take a turn for the better when Ben Cole came to the crease – this being the first game for Cole since he broke his collarbone in late 2012.
Cole was in good form and partnered four batsmen who all fell prey to Tim Rees’s bowling. Cole was finally bowled by Brock Stuart for 34. Wayne Smoothy added a further 10 runs to the score before Wingham was all out for 155 off 36.2 overs.
Best bowling figures for Old Bar were Tim Rees 5/32 off eight and Paxton Kelly 2/20 off six.