WINGHAM first grade cricket side recorded consecutive victories when defeating Taree West at Johnny Martin Oval.
Matt Essery called correctly at the coin toss and gave the home team the honour of batting first on a soft wicket. West were dismissed for 136 in the 31st over, Sean Carr top scoring with 31 batting at number nine.
Ben Scowen (43) and Essery (32) guided Wingham to within sight of victory, before the loss of a few quick wickets saw Wingham pass the tally seven down.
Steve ‘Harmy’ Allwood got Wingham away to a good start when he had Tom Toshack caught for 1. Dean Mills, who performed a backflip after announcing he was playing with Old Bar, came in at three and he and Gary Pomplin took the score to 30 before Allwood struck again, removing Mills for 17. Josh Meldrum made only 3 before he became the first of Ben Scowen’s three wickets for the day. He quickly removed Pomplin for 12 then Paul Cox fell, caught behind for 14, before Allwood bowled Ben Marron for a duck to have the West in trouble at 6/54 after 14 overs.
Kris Ball and Ajit Khiyani added 23 before Ball was caught off Beau Reed for 14. Khiyani and Carr joined forces to put on a valuable 49 runs in six overs before Khiyani was well caught by Hayden Essery off Mitch Niven for 25 when the score was 126.
Matt Essery had Carr caught by Allwood for 31 and Brian Levi caught for 8 to end the innings.
Allwood (3/32) and Scowen (3/27) finished with three wickets each while Essery snared 2/11.
Wingham started their innings in similar fashion losing Jye Kliendienst for a duck before Essery and Scowen dug in to add 77 from the next 15 overs.
Essery struck six boundaries in his knock of 32 at the head of the order, while Scowen hit one six and three fours in his 43. Brock Hynes contributed 26 and Ryan Williams 13 before joint debutants, Lee Niven, at 50 years of age, and Hayden Essery aged 14, were together when Niven hit the winning runs.
Paul Cox (3/12) and Kris Ball (3/14) finished with the best figures for West.
Meanwhile Wingham’s Ben Scowen has been named in an 18 strong provisional Macquarie Stingers side to play in the opening round of the Plan B Big Bash T20 match at Port Macquarie on Sunday October 30.
This follows trials played at Taree’s Johnny Martin Oval. The Stingers will meet the Tamworth-based Inland Bolters on October 30.
Other Manning players named are Ricky Campbell, Matt Collier, Tom Burley and Danial Stone from United and Taree West’s Ben Marron.
Manning defeated Hastings and Macleay in the T20 trials, with Scowen blasting 85 in the clash against Macleay where Manning made a hefty 188.
Manning earlier defeated Hastings by eight wickets.
Macleay downed Hastings in the other fixture.