First Grade Cricket

Wingham v Old Bar Day One

IN the first game for 2014 Wingham vs Old Bar at Cedar Party Reserve, in conditions that were excellent for cricket, the wicket looked brilliant and both teams were keen for a great game.

Wingham won the toss and elected to bat.

Wingham's first innings was over in two hours of play with the side all out for 92.

Jake Mullen and Jonathon Craig-Dobson opened the batting and steadily defended against the Old Bar bowling attack. Then Mullen was caught and bowled by Brock Stewart for (7); Craig-Dobson didn't trouble the scorer when he was caught Mick Whitlam off Dave Rees.

Brock Hynes and Daine Williams were now at the crease and added (15) to the score before Hynes was caught Studdart off Dave Rees for (9); Adam Carney fell in the same over, when Dave Rees took his third wicket having Carney lbw.

Two more wickets fell in the ninth over; Williams caught Fuller off Jamie Hartland for (6) and Ryan Morris bowled by Hartland. This succession of events meant that Wingham were 6/29 in the tenth over.

Mick Stinson and Wayne Smoothy now at the crease and the experienced batsmen put on a partnership of (47) building the score and thwarting the Old Bar bowlers. Seven overs later Stinson (22) was run out by Studdart and shortly after Smoothy was caught behind by Bevan Coleman off Hartland for (24).

Damon Minett was caught D Rees off Hartland and Daniel Barber added (9) to the score before being bowled by Tim Rees. Mitchell Niven remained not out on (10). Wingham were 10/92. Best bowling figures for Old Bar were Jamie Hartland 4/26 off (6) and Dave Rees 3/32 off (8).

Old Bar commenced their innings with Jamie Hartland and Mark Burgess opening the batting. Bowling for Wingham were Williams and Craig-Dobson. Hartland was soon bowled by Craig-Dobson for (1). Burgess was now partnered by Whitton and the two made a solid partnership, Burgess in particular proving difficult to remove. Whitton was bowled by Williams for (23) bringing Ben Cole to the crease. Wingham brought in the spin bowler Mitchell Niven who with Mick Stinson bowling from the other end lowered the run rate.

Niven snared the big wicket of Burgess when he was caught Smoothy for (61).

Niven took the next two wickets as well, Coleman caught Stinson for (4) and Dave Rees caught in an absolutely brilliant catch by Jake Mullen for (12).

The last wicket to fall before the end of play was Tim Rees who was lbw by Ryan Morris for (13). James Thompson remains not out on eight and Ben Cole 59. Play will resume in day two with Old Bar 6/186 off 44 overs.

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