SUNNY skies and a fast outfield greeted the under 10 Wingham cricket side as they came up against Taree West at the recreation grounds in Taree on Saturday. Winning the toss and electing to field, captain Georgia Lane teamed with her brother Ethan and sister Kyra to take valuable wickets for Wingham. Callum Taylor took his first wicket ever and set the standard in the field again, while Calum McKinnon and Oliver Saxby were rewarded for bowling at the stumps taking a good wicket each. Knowing that bowlers win matches and batsmen do the other thing, Wingham made a great start losing their first wicket only in the 13th over. Good runs from Jackson Smith and Lucas Payne supported Nathan Smith who top scored. Joshuah Williams protected his wicket well while Lachlan Brown hit an excellent four. All the players are playing well as a team. The spectators again were well entertained!
LAUDERS Real Estate U12s played Taree West in a one day game at Central Park in Wingham on Saturday morning. Wingham lost the toss and were given the challenge of bowling first with a heavy dew covering the field. The boys took good care of the ball and managed to restrict Taree West to 105 runs from their 28 overs for the loss of five wickets. All 11 bowlers performed well, wicket takers were Hamish Lee 1/6, Daniel Pereira 1/7, Tom Martin 1/8, Josh McTaggart 1/8 and James Creighton 1/16. The teams ground fielding continues to improve and a couple of sharp catches were taken by Jake Dargan and Tom. The Wingham top order once again produced the goods with the bat and gave the team a great start in their run chase and the middle order finished the job. The opposition total was passed in the 20th over and at the completion of 28 overs Wingham finished the game on 139 runs for the loss of three wickets to secure a good win. Leading run scorers were Nathan Gutterson 30 retired, Hayden Essery 30 retired, Hudson Bird 26 retired, Jake Dagan 10 retired and Daniel Pereira 11 runs.
(V Chatham/Cundle at REC 3, two day match)
AFTER losing the toss Wingham fielded and with eight players there were gaps but with our opening bowlers Josh Essery and Ryan Poulton restricting the runs and after their eight overs the score was 0/16. Jesse Newman and Shane Manny also kept things tight but it wasn't until spin was introduced that Reid Brown got our first wicket.
At 1/46 with Reid and Mitch Niven bowling in tandem Reid got his second wicket with a catch to Mitch Niven.
At 2/52 after 20 overs, even with a few chances missed the boys were bowling well. Mitch Niven got his first wicket LBW and the score was now 3/74 off 28. Reid and Mitchell bowled out their overs with Niven 1/21 off 10 and Reid 2/46 off 10. Jesse Newman's three overs 0/5 were good and he then put on the gloves as wicket keeper. Tom Burley continued scoring valuable runs and Corey Armstrong and Brendan Fuller were bought into the attack. In the third over Corey got a wicket (1/32 off three overs) with a catch to Jesse and with the score now at 4/143, Brendan Fuller's last over snared two wickets. Josh Essery was bought into the attack and got Burley for 71 runs with a catch to Brendan Fuller. At 5/165 and with two wickets to Fuller the score was now 7/171 and Fuller's five overs 2/31.
Shane Manny continued his overs and with their batsman Mitchell Toy hitting out it wasn't long before the score reached 215 with a run out off the last ball of the day. Shane finished the day with six overs 0/38 and Josh finished with nine overs 1/23. While the boys did bowl and field well a few dropped catches gave Chatham a big score.
The boys should be back to full strength next week and will have to bat well to secure a win.