Junior cricket

Grand Final winners Wingham U12 cricket team: Back row l-r: John Delaney (coach), Daryl Johnston, Bruce Bird (manager)
Middle row l-r: Daniel Pereira, Hayden Essery (captain), Hudson Bird (captain), Clancy Johnston, Danny Bisby, Cooper Staff, Blake Thompson
Front Row l-r: Tom Martin, Josh McTaggart, Nathan Gutterson, Hamish Lee, James Creighton, Jake Dargan
Grand Final winners Wingham U12 cricket team: Back row l-r: John Delaney (coach), Daryl Johnston, Bruce Bird (manager) Middle row l-r: Daniel Pereira, Hayden Essery (captain), Hudson Bird (captain), Clancy Johnston, Danny Bisby, Cooper Staff, Blake Thompson Front Row l-r: Tom Martin, Josh McTaggart, Nathan Gutterson, Hamish Lee, James Creighton, Jake Dargan

WINGHAM U16s played Great Lakes in the grand final at Johnny Martin Oval on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

After captain Ryan Morris lost the toss Great Lakes had no hesitation in sending Wingham in to bat on a soft pitch and dewy outfield.

A third ball saw Jesse Newman bowled and Reid Brown was joined by Ryan Morris with the score at 24, and he was bowled for 13. At 2/24 Ryan Poulton and Reid took the score to 33 before Brown was caught for a well made 16.

Mitch Niven was caught in slips without troubling the scorer and with 4/34 Wingham were in all sorts of trouble.

Ryan Poulton (1) was next to depart leaving Wingham 5/44, with Fletch Lewis now at the crease playing some beatiful shots.

He was joined by Brendan Fuller who unfortunately was caught for 3 and Corey Armstrong joined Fletch at 6/52.

Together they took the score to 72 before Corey was bowled for 1.

Kyle Creighton hit a four and then departed after being bowled.

The score was then 8/77 and Fletch was joined by his brother, Cooper and together they took the score to 90 before Fletch was bowled for a great knock of 43.

Cooper was joined by Josh Essery and they continued to add valuable runs before Josh was caught out for a well made 12 runs.

Cooper remained not out on six and Wingham were all out for 110 runs which was not a big score to try to defend.

With 20 minutes of play left in the day, Great Lakes were sent in to bat and Josh Essery struck with his second ball, with a catch to Ryan Poulton.

At 1/9 Mitchell Niven had a wicket maiden with a catch to Kyle and Great Lakes were 2/14 at close of play.

Day two saw Wingham open with Reid Brown bowling spin and Ryan Morris bowling pace. 

At 35 Reid snared a wicket with a catch to Ryan and Jay Withers was brought to the crease.

With a controversial decision going against Wingham, Great Lakes batters added valuable runs, managing 4/49 before Shane Manny got a wicket in his fifth over.

Great Lakes were a little bit on the back foot at that stage when Mitch Niven was reintroduced and he claimed his second wicket.

At 5/70 Fletch Lewis and Ryan Morris were brought into the attack and Ryan Morris, with the score at 87, got the valuable wicket of Jay Withers for 28.

The next batting pair then added the runs needed to get Great Lakes over the line, finishing on 6/114.

Best of the bowlers were Shane Manny 1/13 off 5, Ryan Morris 1/20 off 9, Reid Brown 1/23 off 10, Josh Essery 1/14 off 2 and Mitch Niven 2/14 off 8.

This was the end of junior cricket for Jesse Newman, Ryan Morris, Mitch Niven, Fletch Lewis, Corey Armstrong and Brendan Fuller, who have played with Wingham since under 10s.

Thanks go also to the coaches Mick Stinson and Adam Carney for all their support.

LAUDERS Real Estate Under 12s played Old Bar in the grand final on Saturday and Sunday morning at the Taree Recreation grounds.

Wingham won the toss and chose to bat first and were soon to lose their first wicket with the score on nine runs. Hayden Essery was joined by Hudson Bird in the middle and the pair batted with composure and intent that was well beyond their years in adding 114 runs for the 2nd, before Hudson was retired on 50 and Hayden was dismissed several balls later for 48.

This partnership set the team for a sizeable total with all batsmen contributing and many producing their finest batting performances of the year - Josh McTaggart 11 runs, James Creighton 9 not out, Cooper Staff 6 not out, 

Nathan Gutterson 5, Blake Thompson 4, Clancy Johnston 3, Daniel Pereira 3, Tom Martin 3.

Wingham batted their 45 overs out, scoring 188 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

Wingham had sufficient time to bowl 4 overs before the close of play on day one and managed to snare two quick Old Bar wickets with the total on 4 runs. 

Play recommenced at 8.30 on Sunday morning and the Old Bar batsmen were determined and aggressive from the very first ball and the Wingham team knew they had a game on their hands. 

Once again all 11 bowlers produced tight spells, the fielding was of a very high standard but luck was favouring the batsmen with several catching opportunities finding the gaps between fielders but the team held their resolve. Hudson produced the bowling performance of the season to remove Old Bar's two top scorers, J.Nash 22 and M.Fuller 18 in his first two over spell and in his second two over spell clean bowled the last three batsmen to finish with the amazing figures of 5 wickets for 6 runs from 4 overs.

Other standout bowlers were James 1 wicket for 1 run, Tom 1 for 8, Daniel 1 for 13, Danny 1 for 

17. Danny and Clancy combined to produce a sharp run out, Tom and Hayden both took great catches. 

Wingham captured all 10 Old Bar wickets to close their innings with the score on 98 runs, to secure the Minor and Major Premiership.

The team would like to thank Bruce Bird, Alison Bird and Darryl Johnston for everything they have done throughout the season including managing, coaching, running training, organising kits, washing game shirts, scoring, entering game scores, umpiring to name a few.

A TOUGH but enjoyable day at the office saw the young under 10s Wingham side go down in a tight contest against competition favourites Great Lakes at Tuncurry on Saturday.

Losing the toss Wingham lost four quick wickets in their opening spell and were always going to find it hard to come back from there.

Calum Taylor and Nathan Smith valued their wickets and scored good runs, while brothers Oliver and Morgan made the Saxby family proud batting together for the first time all season. Bowling second, Lucas Payne got the ball to turn and took a great "bowled", while Ethan Lane bowled tight lines and was rewarded with an extra over.

Calum McKinnon, Lachlan Brown and Jackson "AJ" Smith fielded well and should be congratulated on their team spirit, with thanks to Georgia Lane who bowed out after playing all season.

Next week is our last game out at Old Bar. The kids have done well in what has been the first season for many of them.