Wingham second grade side are MRD premiers after accounting for United by 33 runs at Johnny Martin Oval on Saturday.
After being sent into bat Wingham were in early trouble on a difficult wicket. Skipper Jake Mullen top scored with 24 and when he was dismissed Wingham was 6/61. But the lower order hung in as Robbie Hynes (20) and Blake Sky (16) added 33 for the eighth wicket before Ryan Smoothy (16) and Bruce Bird (10x) put on 27 for the last wicket to get to 133 and give them something to protect.
Not surprisingly Murray McCartney returned United’s best figures with 4/22 whilst Justin Boyd took 2/33 and Ian Cameron 2/16.
United started well with Pin (16) and Cowan (22) before Weeks and Riley fell cheaply. Experienced first graders Matt Kennewell (23) and McCartney (18) carried the score to 90 before Rhys Kliendienst dismissed both, as well as Boyd and Cameron in the space of two overs to have the opposition reeling on 8/94. Jake Mullen, as he has done all season, cleaned up the tail to ensure his team tasted victory.
Whilst Kliendienst starred with 4/11, all bowlers used the conditions well with Ryan Morris claiming 3/20, Mullen 2/18, Bird 1/16 and Smoothy 0/22. It is Wingham’s first second grade premiership since 2013/14.
Meanwhile, the Premier League team are still in the hunt for the major title after locking up second spot with a 14 run win over Port City Leagues Magpies at Cedar Party Reserve.
Electing to bat on a rain-effected track Wingham posted 8/150 against a strong Magpies bowling outfit.
Another solid bowling effort by Wingham ensured the Port City run chase fell short, resulting in them missing the semis.
Michael Rees looked at ease against the pace of Badenoch and raced to 10 before dragging a ball from Felton onto his stumps.
From there Brad Staff and Ben Cole dug in with scoring restricted by the slow outfield and effective attack, reaching 0/69 at drinks.
Cole was dismissed shortly afterwards by a sharp catch at slip for a well compiled 44, including five boundaries.
Matt Essery added 10 before falling, followed shortly after by Staff (25) when the score was 101.
Ben Scowen made 14 and Dave Rees 20 as Wingham looked to up the run rate only to lose late wickets.
Kyle Blanch was the benefactor, finishing with 5 for 29. Badenoch’s early spell returned 0/14 with three maidens.
Dave Rees and Brad Staff again combined effectively with the new ball, Rees picking up two early scalps whilst Staff restricting the scoring and grabbed one pole.
Mick Stinson (1/25) and Steve Allwood (2/16) both built pressure with Allwood removing Schmidt for 18 to have City 4/57 at drinks.
He followed that with the wicket of Adnum shortly after.
Essery picked up Herdegen for five, with City needing a run-a-ball. Smith gave it his best shot but ran out of partners to finish on 136. Smith was unbeaten 48 in a good knock.
All Wingham bowlers claimed wickets except for the skipper.