Wingham Junior Cricket Club
After two four-run losses and a tie, the Wingham Under 10 Sixers achieved their first win of the season with a 111-96 victory over Taree West Heat at Rec 1.
Wingham bowled first and restricted Taree West to 96 runs from their 20 overs.
The wickets were shared between Nick Pereira (1/16), Riley Lane (1/17), Charlie Pereira (1/18), Arabella Roohan (1/19), while Bailey Timmins took a late wicket (1/4).
Cayden Lane took two good catches as keeper, and also snared a runout.
Wingham’s chase started slowly but solidly with Bailey Timmins and Cayden Lane both scoring six apiece, before Arabella Roohan (6) and Riley Lane (17) lifted the scoring rate, with Riley continuing his good form finding the boundary on two occasions.
Nick Pereira (9) and Charlie Pereira (17) then combined to quickly chase the Taree West score, with Charlie striking three boundaries including two splendid straight drives.
The Sixer’s combined for a real team effort, with plenty of improvement seen from all the players.
The Sixers return to Central Park this Saturday where they will be taking on Old Bar.
A finals decision
MID North Coast Cricket Council’s executive will decide at its December meeting the number of teams to play in the inaugural semi-finals series of the McDonalds Premier League competition next March.
Nine sides from the Manning to the Macleay are contesting the premier league. Initially the council hoped to run with a six team semi-finals.
However, MNC president Gordon Cross said this has been compromised by scheduling commitments for the Regional Big Bash with the premier league draw.
Mr Cross said ensuring there are enough weeks to play two full rounds of the premier league before the start of semi-finals, while also having the grand final before Easter, will be the trick.
“I think it is most likely we’ll run with four teams because of the time factor, ’’ he explained.
“The feedback I’m getting from the players has been positive. I was talking to a couple of players from Wingham the other day and they said how much they’re enjoying playing different teams at different venues.’’
Only four clubs contested the Manning first grade in the past two years with United, Wingham and Taree West now in the premier league.
Meanwhile, Wingham’s Mid North Coast Premier League clash postponed from last Saturday against United will now be played on Sunday January 21.
The game was held over because of the T20 regional big bash round played at Coffs Harbour.
There are two matches before the Christmas/New Year break. Wingham meets Port City at Oxley Oval Port Macquarie on Saturday following by Kempsey side Nulla on December 16 at Laurieton.
Play will resume on Saturday January 13, with the semi-finals due to start on Saturday March 17.