IT'S SEMI final time in the junior cricket competition and the Lauders Real Estate under 12s played Great Lakes at Central Park on Saturday morning.
Great Lakes won the toss and chose to bat first.
The 11 Wingham bowlers handled the dewy conditions to produce a consistent display of good line and length bowling which troubled the Great Lakes batsmen from the start of play.
But, the Great Lakes openers batted well and put on 22 runs for the opening stand, however, the Wingham bowlers were relentless and combined with good fielding and catching, a steady fall of wickets soon saw Great Lakes to be all out with a total of 46 runs. Leading wicket takers were Hayden Essery with 3/3 runs, Hudson Bird 2/4, Daniel Periera 1/0, Danny Bisby 1/4 and Blake Thompson 1/7.
Catches to Jake Dargan, Daniel and Danny took a nice caught and bowled.
Hayden and Nathan Gutterson opened the Wingham innings in fine form, passing the Great Lakes total in the tenth over before they were retired on 31 runs and 28 runs respectively.
All the batsmen that followed continued the good work, which saw Hudson retired on 29 runs, Blake 18 not out, Clancy Johnston 12, Josh McTaggart 11 and Daniel not out three. At the close of play Wingham had tallied 175 runs for the loss of just two wickets to claim a convincing win.
The boys will carry some very good form into next weekend's season decider.
Wingham vs Gloucester, semi final at Gloucester
WINGHAM under 16s finished in fourth place after the last round was a washout.
This meant they played minor premiers Gloucester at Gloucester on Saturday and Sunday.
Wingham's captain Ryan Morris lost the toss and the team was sent out to field on a very wet and dewy pitch and outfield.
Fletch Lewis was given the new ball and he and Josh Essery kept the bowling tight.
Josh's first over was a maiden and after nine overs Gloucester were 0/22.
Ryan Poulton was brought into the attack and with his second ball, and a great catch in slips to Brendan Fuller, saw the dismissal of Gloucester's opener for 12.
At 1/25 spin was introduced with Reid Brown. Ryan Poulton continued to trouble the batsmen and in his second over took a great catch at his bowling, taking the score to 2/40 after 12 overs.
Spin was now introduced at both ends in an endeavour to slow the run rate.
Mitch Niven took his first wicket, with the score now 3/69 after 18 overs.
Ryan Yates continued his run fest until Reid Brown, who was reintroduced, had him stumped by wicketkeeper Jesse Newman.
At 4/95 after 27 overs Reid Brown and Mitch Niven continued the spin attack with success to Reid again in the 35th over, with another stumping to Jesse Newman.
Reid finished his 10 overs with the figures of 2/39.
Brendan Fuller, another spinner, combined then with Mitch Niven before Niven took his second wicket with a great catch to Corey Armstrong.
Fuller bowled five overs 0-18 runs and Shane Manny's five overs 0/18 restricted Gloucester's runs.
Fletcher Lewis was brought back into the attack and with a great over took two wickets and a runout to Brendan Fuller.
With tight bowling and great fielding Gloucester lost six wickets for just 45 runs, Niven taking the last wicket.
Best of the bowlers were Mitch Niven 3/20 off 8.4 overs, Fletch Lewis 2/17 off six overs and Ryan Poulton 2/11 off three overs.
Gloucester were all out for 140 runs at the close of play.
Sunday morning saw Wingham return to Gloucester with another dewy morning.
Our openers Jesse Newman and Reid Brown started the day positive and took the score to 35 before Reid was bowled for a great knock of 13.
Ryan Morris got off the mark with a big six and together with Jesse produced some wonderful shots to make Gloucester's bowling at times look ordinary.
Both were unbeaten, Jesse 53 and Ryan 69 which consisted of two sixes and nine fours.
Wingham passed Gloucester's score in the 33rd over with only one wicket down - 1/142.
They now go into the grand final full of confidence against Great Lakes at Cedar Party reserve, Saturday and Sunday morning. The boys are coached by Mick Stinson and Adam Carney.