Cricket: Second grade

Day Two Wingham vs Taree West

ON Saturday December 21 Wingham second grade resumed the match against Taree West at Central Park. West's continued their innings at 6/92 keen to get as close as possible to the home side's first innings total of 286. Mitch Niven opened the bowling and took the vital wicket of Flemming with the fourth ball of his second over of the day. In his sixth over he had Ball bowled for (36) and Wests were 8/141. Bowling with Niven was Kleindeinst and together they took the final two wickets for the addition of seven more runs. Taree West were all out for 148. Niven finished with 3/37 and Kleindeinst 1/2. 

Wingham went back into bat in search of quick runs for bonus points. Smith and Kleindeinst opened the innings and had taken the score to 11 before Kleindeinst was out for (7). This brought Niven to the crease and together with Smith started to dominate the bowling. Niven brought up his half century first followed closely by Smith, they had taken the score to 121 before Niven was out for a well-made (62). This brought Fletcher Lewis to the crease in his second grade debut and took up where Niven had left off keeping the scoring rate moving, with the score at 2/162 from 22 overs Wingham declared with Smith (76 not out) and Lewis (17 not out). 

With two hours and twenty minutes left the home side set about trying to bowl Taree West out, requiring 300 to win the match. Brislane and Kleindeinst opened the bowling and in the 6th over Brislane took the first wicket. Blanch was introduced into the attack and took a wicket in his first and second overs and West's were 3/62. Lewis was brought on to replace Blanch and he also took a wicket in his first over. Niven and Greenaway were bowling together and keeping things tight when Niven took his only wicket for the innings. With 40 minutes remaining Andrew Cross was brought on to bowl so as he could impress his in-laws who had made the journey over for Christmas and he did not disappoint when he took a wicket in his second and last over. Kleindeinst and Brislane bowled for the last half hour and Brislane took his second over, and that would be the last wicket to fall for the day with Taree West 7/186. Bowling figures were Kleindeinst 0/25, Brislane 2/35, Blanch 2/16, Hynes 0/25, Lewis 1/20, Niven 1/29 and Cross 1/5.This was a great effort by Wingham and the talent of juniors who are coming through has the club looking to a bright future. Training begins for the New Year on the 9th and the first game back for all grades is on the 11th. Second grade will play Taree Leagues Wherrol Flat at Chatham Park.