Cricket: First and second grades

First grade Wingham v Old Bar Day two

THE start of day two in the first grade cricket match between Old Bar and Wingham saw Old Bar resume play at 6/186 with Wingham chasing quick wickets.

In the sixth over of the day Jonathon Craig-Dobson removed Ben Cole after making an assertive total of 78.

This brought about a mini collapse for Old Bar as Wingham removed the last four wickets for 12 runs.

Craig-Dobson bowled Alex Studdart for five and removed Brendan Fuller in the same over caught behind. Daine Williams finished off Old Bar having James Thompson caught behind for a resilient 20. 

Best bowling for Wingham: Craig-Dobson 4/52 off 11 overs, Mitch Niven 3/50 off 12 overs, Williams 2/54 off 16 overs. Wingham were now trailing Old Bar by 130 runs.

Wingham's captain Adam Carney set the team the challenge of overcoming any chances of an outright loss and to bat the day. Wingham began solidly with Jake Mullen and Craig-Dobson bringing the total up to 39 before Craig-Dobson was adjudged to be caught behind for 24.

Brock Hynes joined Mullen and the pair played through to the drinks break; shortly after Mullen was removed by Dave Rees caught by Cole in slips for 28.

Williams and Hynes built a solid partnership of 65 putting Wingham in front, shortly after Williams was grasped by D Rees in slip off the bowling of Fuller for 19.

Captain Carney was the new batsman and he continued where Williams left off before he too was caught by Cole off D Rees for 18. Hynes at this time had passed his 50 in a very attacking manner and was 63 not out when Michael Stinson became his fourth partner for the day.

Stinson turned the strike over for Hynes as he was edging closer and closer to his hundred.

Unfortunately, much to the dismay of Hynes and the team, he was removed by Thompson for a brilliant run a ball 90.

Smoothy joined Stinson and the partnership that caused Old Bar some headaches in the first innings came back for seconds.

The pair put on 60 together and remained not out at the close of play with Smoothy 24 not out and Stinson bringing up his third 50 in as many games, 52 not out. Wingham finished the day at 5/260 with the best bowling figures of Old Bar being: Dave Rees 2/86 off 17, Thompson 1/23 off 5, Jamie Hartland 1/36 off 8 and Fuller 1/52 off 8. 

Second grade

Day one and two, Wingham vs Taree Leagues Wherrol Flat

ON Saturday the Wingham second grade resumed the second day of their match against Taree Leagues Wherrol Flat at Chatham Park.

The previous Saturday TLWF won the toss and elected to bat on a green but dry pitch. Steve Allwood and Tye Brislane opened the bowling and kept scoring to a minimum and it wasn't until the ninth over before Allwood took his first wicket and the home side were 1/15.

Scott Blanch was introduced into the attack replacing Brislane and he along with Allwood had TLWF struggling to make any runs.

Allwood took his second wicket in the 11th over and the score was 2/17.

In the 14th over Blanch took the first of his two wickets and at the first drinks break the score was 3/37. After the break Blanch took his second wicket to have the home team 4/50 and in trouble.

Rhyce Kleindeinst had relieved Allwood at the other end and was unlucky not to have picked up a couple of wickets as he was bowling beautifully without luck, but a fifth wicket partnership of 40 had steadied the ship. 

The captain Matt Essery introduced himself to the attack and broke the partnership by trapping the batsmen LBW.

Jye Kleindeinst and Robby Hynes were bowling in tandem and the later picked up a wicket in his third over leaving the score at 6/133. 

After the tea break Rhyce Kleindeinst and Brislane were reintroduced to the attack, and Kleindeinst luck changed and with a great little 4 over spell picked up the last 4 wickets to have TLWF all out for 177. 

Bowling figures were Allwood 2/31, Brislane 0/17, Blanch 2/15, R Kleindeinst 4/45, Essery 1/24, J Kleindeinst 0/13 and Hynes 1/13. 

This left Wingham with a tricky 50 minutes to bat, and Hynes and Jessie Newman opened the batting and with the score on 14 Hynes was out for 11.

Andrew Cross joined Newman and after opening his score with a great cover drive for four was adjudged LBW for five and Wingham were 2/21 and on shaky ground. Dennis Smith joined Newman and together looked to bat out until stumps, but with the score on 34 Smith holed out in the deep which was a surprise as up until then he looked at ease at the crease for 12. Jye Kleindeinst was next in and together he and Newman survived until stumps and the score was 3/48. 

On the second day of the match they resumed batting, looking to chase down the home teams score but unfortunately with score on 58 Kleindeinst was out for six. This brought the captain Essery to the crease and from the first ball he looked in control and together he Newman had moved the score to 5/93 when Newman was out for a well-made 23.

Little did Wingham realise that this would cause a mini collapse and R Kleindeinst one, Blanch zero and Brislane 10 were in and out quickly to have them teetering at 8/117 still requiring 61 runs with two wickets in hand for first innings points. 

Joel Kleindeinst joined Essery and together the pair set about rescuing the day.

Essery was batting beautifully with some great shots to all parts of the ground and with great gamesmanship manipulated the strike to see Wingham past the 177.

With the score on 182 Kleindeinst was out for nine and together the pair had put on a ninth wicket partnership of 64. Allwood joined Essery who in the 44th over brought up his century with another boundary.

In the 45th over Wingham declared at 9/203 with the Captain 101 not out and Allwood not out eight. With two and half hours of play both teams were looking for extra bonus points. 

Wingham used there bowlers in short sharp bursts in an attempt to pick up as many wickets as possible and as a result they used nine separate bowlers. At 5.30 and the score 4/100 both teams called an end to play as no result was going to happen. Wicket takers were R Kleindeinst 1/10, Guy Martin 1/14, and Jessie Newman 2/4 showing what an all-round cricketer he is as he was second top score for the Wingham innings and is also a wicket keeper. The Australian Hotel player of the match was undoubtedly the skipper for his brilliant 101 not out. Next weekend Wingham are at Rec two against Taree West in a one day game.