Wingham makes it two wins from two

WINGHAM second grade cricket side has won their second title of the season after defeating Great Lakes in the one day series final.

Playing for the Michael Dobson Memorial Shield, Wingham won the toss and elected to bat.

Andrew Cross and Dennis Smith opened the batting and were off to a slowish start showing respect for the young Great Lakes bowling until the pair took 14 runs from the fifth over.

The run rate began to pick up due to some big hitting from Cross and rotating of the strike by the pair brought up the 50 partnership in the 11th over.

By this time both batsmen had their eye in and by the drink break were 0/120 with Cross passing his 50 being (76) and who had been well supported by Smith who was on (36). 

Play resumed and in the 24th over Smith was dismissed for (41) and Wingham were 1/137.

Mitchell Niven joined Cross but was run out without scoring, Wingham now 2/142.

Mathew Essery joined Cross and the pair added 11 before Essery was bowled for (8).

Next man in Robby Hynes added two before being caught 4/147. Cross who was batting beautifully, playing shots to and over all parts of the boundaries was joined by Jye Kleindeinst and he was the first to congratulate Cross when he brought up his maiden century with a boundary. 

The pair took the score to 178 before Cross was caught for a brilliant (111) which included 12 boundaries and three sixes. Rhyce Kleindeinst joined his brother at the crease and added six runs before Jye was caught for (8).

Steve Allwood came and went for no score, Scott Blanch joined Kleindeinst and the pair took the score to 211 before Kleindeinst was out for (13), followed quickly by Blanch for 19.

This left Jamie Greenaway (9) not out and Tye Brislane (2) not at the end of the 40th over having Wingham 9/225.

With the young Great Lakes side needing 226 for victory, Wingham wanted to get off to a good start and did when Brislane clean bowled one of the opening batsmen in his first over. Blanch opened the bowling at the other end and bowled a good line and length to support his opening bowling partner who was bowling like a right handed version of Australia's Mitchell Johnston who struck one of the opening batsmen on the arm who had to retire hurt later in the innings.

Blanch took the second wicket of the innings in the sixth over to have Great Lakes 2/18. Brislane took his second wicket in the following over 3/20.

In the 11th over Rhyce Kleindeinst who replaced Brislane took a wicket and the Lakes were in trouble at 4/32.

Allwood was bowling from the other end without luck and at the 20 over drink break the score was 4/42. 

After drinks Niven and Greenaway were introduced to the attack with immediate success. Greenaway picked up a wicket in his first over in bowling the batsmen and his second wicket in his third over when Blanch took a catch fielding at mid-off, and Niven had a wicket in his second over when Smith took a skyed ball at mid-off.

Lakes were now 7/66. Brislane was back in the attack and picked up a wicket with his first ball. To the credit of the young Lakes side they hung in there and did their best to bat out the overs but in the 36th over Brislane took the last wicket and Lakes were dismissed for 9/87 with the young batsmen who retired hurt unable to return to bat. Bowling figures were Brislane 4/26, Blanch 1/9, Kleindeinst 1/6, Allwood 0/14, Niven 1/15, Hynes 0/6 and Greenaway 2/9.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the day was Andrew Cross's maiden century and he was named the Australian Hotel player of the match and who we believe supported the sponsor very well after the match.

Next week the Two Day Competition kicks off with Wingham at home against Taree West.

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