Cricket: First grade victory

Wingham vs Taree West - Day Two December 21

WINGHAM claimed a first innings victory in the final game of 2013 against Taree West. Resuming play at 0/20 Tom Toshack was only able to add one more run to his score before Ryan Williams had him trapped in front LBW for (17).

Ethan Curry arrived at the wicket and upped the tempo scoring freely. Williams began bowling aggressively bowling sharp short pitched deliveries which made Curry fend at a ball leading him to being caught-behind by Brock Hynes for (20).

Jonathon Craig-Dobson then bowled Andrew Dack for (7), bringing two new batsmen to the wicket - Sam Ludeke and Adam McLeod.

Ludeke (6) however didn't stick around long falling to a bouncer from Williams being caught and bowled.

Taree West were now 4/66 chasing Wingham's 320, Paul Cox joined McLeod and the pair started to grind out the runs moving the score to 91 before the introduction of Daniel Barber to the attack brought the demise of McLeod (21).

Luke McLeod joined Cox and the pair followed suit adding another 29 runs to the total before Barber broke the partnership striking Cox LBW for (20). This brought about a batting collapse with West losing their last five wickets for 19 runs. Barber claimed his third wicket having L McLeod caught by Mullen (30). Matt Essery was reintroduced into the attack and quickly removed Lee Crozier (4) and Jonathan Paff (2). Williams took the final wicket with another bouncer, removing Elijah Dack (6).

Taree West finished on 10/139 trailing by 181 runs. Best bowlers for Wingham were Williams 4/25 (9.5), Barber 3/45 (12), Essery 2/15 (6) and Craig-Dobson 1/29 (11).

Wingham's strategy was to gain an outright victory and maximum bonus points so they sent Taree West into bat at 4.03pm. Andrew Dack and Tom Toshack opened the bowling and put on a partnership of 29 before Dack was run out for (4) by Craig-Dobson. Sam Ludeke joined Toshack at the crease and proved to be the thorn in Wingham's strategy he partnered three batsmen; Toshack (26) who was LBW off Matthew Essery; Paul Cox (16) who was bowled by Michael Stinson and Adam McLeod (22) caught Craig-Dobson off Stinson. Ludeke added (68) to the score which consisted of nine 4s and remained not out. Play was called at 5.55pm. Best bowling figure for Wingham was Mick Stinson 2/14 (7.3). Wingham won the two day match on first innings points.

The first game for 2014 will be Wingham versus Old Bar at Chris Dempsey Oval on January 11.