First grade - Wingham v Taree West

WINGHAM hosted Taree West at Cedar Party Reserve for the first two-day match of the season and also the last match for 2013. The wicket was hard which made it an easy decision for Wingham's captain Adam Carney after winning the toss, to bat first. Jake Mullen and Matthew Essery opened the batting for Wingham and got off to a solid start with Essery batting assertively, and maximising every opportunity. But with the introduction of Paul Cox, Essery was dismissed caught by Elijah Dack for (45). 

Brad Staff came to the crease; however he soon edged a delivery from Naden Moriarty without troubling the scorers. Jonathon Craig-Dobson joined Mullen and the pair reached the drinks break with the score at 2/76. When play resumed Mullen was trapped in front by Cox to be LBW for (23). The run rate picked up after Brock Hynes strolled out to the middle. However Craig-Dobson pushed hard at a delivery from Cox and popped up a simple chance to Andrew Dack to be removed for (8). 

Captain Carney became Hynes' new partner and pair settled in and built a solid and flowing partnership. Hynes reached half a century and was working on the next half century when, with score at 191 he was bowled by Brandon Slattery for an assertive (60) which consisted of two sixes, and four fours. Jye Kleindeinst was the new batsman and continued building the score with Carney. Carney past his 50, but soon lost another partner as Kleindeinst was caught by Ludeke off Cox for a run a ball (26). Michael Stinson came to the crease and the pair ran hard to add another 20 to the score before Carney was finally caught on the boundary by Ludeke off Crozier for a well-made Captain's knock of (67) consisting of one six and eight fours. Morris stay at the crease was short as he edged Ludeke to the slips where Cox took the catch for (6). Daniel Barber and Stinson put their heads down and took the score past 300 and when Stinson brought up his commanding 50 Wingham declared with the score at 8/321 off 65 overs. Best bowling for Taree West: Paul Cox 4/41 (14).

With Wingham's declaration this meant Taree West had six overs to survive without losing a wicket before the end of play. Andrew Dack and Tom Toshack opened up for West and were able to survive the final six overs from Wingham finishing with the score of 0/20. Wingham have established themselves in a good position for Day Two next Saturday December 21.

Second Grade

THE Wingham 2nd grade cricket team took on Taree West on Saturday in the first of the two day fixtures at Wingham's Central Park. Wingham won the toss and elected to bat on a very warm afternoon. Andrew Cross and Rhyce Kleindeinst opened the batting and started slowly until they were seeing the ball well.

Cross continued on his rich vein of form and was playing some glorious shots through the covers to the full deliveries and any short deliveries with well-played pull shots. He was well supported by Kleindeinst who was growing in confidence and playing some fine shots himself and together they had the run rate at 5 per over. In the 18th over Cross brought up his half century after scoring a century the previous week, and at the 20 over mark and a drinks break Wingham were in a strong position of 0/115. 

Once again the break had done no favours for Wingham as Cross was dismissed in the 22nd over for a well-made 65 to be 1/123. This triggered a mini collapse; three more wickets fell for 24 runs, Mitchell Niven (7), Stewart Baker (1) and Kleindeinst (59). This was Kleindeinst's first half century and consisted of some great shots. Wingham were now 4/147.

At the crease were young Jessie Newman and Robby Hynes and they added 21 to the score before Hynes was out for (9). Steve Allwood joined Newman who was batting beautifully and the pair had moved the score to 194 before Allwood was dismissed for (14).Tye Brislane then joined Newman and together they were building a crucial partnership. Newman in his first second grade game was playing shots all around the ground and Brislane started to unleash with glorious straight driving and shots through the covers area. Jessie brought up his half century in the 53rd over. Brislane was out in the 54th over for a well compiled (36) and the pair put on a very important partnership of (63) to have Wingham 7/257. 

Jamie Greenaway came to the crease and made his intentions clear with his first two scoring shots boundaries. Newman was finally out for a great (55) on his debut. Scott Blanch joined Greenaway but only made (5) and this brought another junior on debut for 2nd Grade, Fletcher Lewis to join Greenaway. Greenaway was the last wicket to fall for (16) leaving Lewis (1n.o.). Wingham's final score was 286.

With an hour and 10 minutes to bowl Wingham were after some quick wickets with Brislane and Allwood opening the bowling, but Taree West had other ideas and had raced to 0/30 after 4 overs before Blanch was introduced into the attack and took the important wicket of Ellis for 36 and Wests were 1/56 after 7 overs. Allwood took the next wicket with a good catch from Hynes which would be the first of his three wickets for the afternoon. Kleindeinst was into the attack as well and was unlucky not to pick up wicket in his first over. Allwood then had his second wicket and Wingham had slowed the scoring rate with Wests now be 3/65, and in his next over took his 3rd wicket which resulted in Greenaway taking a good catch and Taree West were now 4/67.

Brislane was reintroduced to the attack and had immediate impact in taking another wicket, Wests now 5/76.With time almost up Wingham managed to get in another over which Brislane was bowling and with the last ball of the day cleaned bowled the young Wests batsmen to have them teetering at 6/92 at stumps on Day One still 194 runs behind the Wingham total. It was a great session for the home team but they still have some work to do as Taree West still have some dangerous batsmen who can do some damage next week. Bowling figures for Wingham were Brislane 2/31, Allwood 3/29,Blanch 1/13, Kleindeinst 0/2 and Niven 0/4. Just a reminder to all grades that there is a barbecue next Saturday after the games at Cedar Party for players and families.

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