Cricket: First Grade

Taree West v Wingham first grade

WINGHAM first grade cricket team managed to leave Johnny Martin Oval on Saturday with a scrappy win in the bag.

Wingham were welcomed by a soft green wicket which Taree West's captain had no hesitation in sending the visitors into bat on.

This call was justified as after only 12 overs Wingham were struggling at 5/50.

Jonathan Paff was the chief destroyer as he claimed four of the five early wickets.

Paff removed Craig-Dobson, Carney and Stinson all without scoring and had Wingham's leading run-scorer Brock Hynes caught by Brain Levi for eight. Wayne Smoothy was the other wicket involved in Wingham's early collapse being caught by Gary Pomplun for six off Adam McLeod's bowling.

This left the two Williams brothers, Daine and Ryan to build a mini resurgence and guide Wingham to the drinks break for 5/97.

The resurgence was quickly halted after drinks as Daine Williams was removed by a great one handed catch by Paul Cox for a bullish 49.

Daniel Barber was the new batsman and the new partnership set about building a defendable total.

Unfortunately Ryan Williams soon followed his brother again due to Cox who had him caught by Luke McLeod for 18.

Again Wingham lost wickets in quick fashion going from 6/111 to 9/121 in the space of six overs.

Robbie Hynes (2) and Mitch Niven (1) were both bowled by Levi and Wingham were barely hanging on at 9/121. Barber came to the fore dispatching West's bowling across the ground racing Wingham's total up from 121 to 166 in seven overs.

Ty Brislane was the final batsman to be dismissed (4) leaving Barber not out on 47.

Best bowling for Taree West: Paff 4/44 off eight overs, Levi 2/28 off seven overs and Luke McLeod 2/36 off 7.5 overs.

With the total set at 166 Taree West started strongly getting off to a flyer. By the 16th over West were 0/84 and in pole position to win the game.

Stinson was able to make the vital breakthrough for Wingham bowling Tom Toshack for 38.

This was the spark Wingham needed as it kicked them into gear, with the fielding and bowling efforts both lifting.

By the drinks break Niven had removed West's other opening batsman Pomplun (43) and the score was 2/94 with West still in front at this point of the game.

However just like in Wingham's innings just after the drinks break a wicket fell with Ethan Curry being caught behind off Stinson without troubling the scorers. 

There would be no fight back from West however as Wingham 'tightened the screws', demolishing West for 8/44.

Craig-Dobson was influential taking 4/17 in his spell of eight overs removing Sam Ludeke (11), A McLeod (0), Cox (12) and L McLeod (0).

Ryan Williams also chimed in with two late wickets bowling Andrew Dack (5) and having Levi caught for one. The final wicket fittingly went to the man of the match with Barber removing Elijah Dack (1) with his first ball.

Taree West went from 2/94 to be all out for 138 with Wingham intensity significantly lifting after the break. Best bowling for Wingham: Craig-Dobson 4/17 off eight overs, Stinson 2/27 off eight overs and R Williams 2/43 off eight overs.

Daniel Barber, as mentioned above, was Wingham Hotel's man of the match. 

Wingham will now play competition leaders United in a two day match beginning next week at Chatham Park.

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