Down to United

Bad start: Wingham skipper and star batsman, Michael Rees, was out for one in the third over against United at Chatham Park. File photo.
Bad start: Wingham skipper and star batsman, Michael Rees, was out for one in the third over against United at Chatham Park. File photo.

Poor batting and bad fielding will usually contribute to the loss of most cricket matches.

That was the case when Wingham lost their Premier League match to United by six wickets at Chatham Park on Saturday.

Wingham could only post 134, losing their last five wickets for 22.

United had no trouble reeling them in with eight overs to spare, thanks mainly to an unbeaten innings of 74 by Tom Burley.

Wingham got away to the worst possible start when their skipper and star batsman, Michael Rees, was out for one in the third over.

Wingham got away to the worst possible start.

Wayne Smoothy

Ryan Morris and Josh McTaggart added 38 before Morris was caught for 32 in Burley's first over. McTaggart fell soon after for 14, followed by Dave Rees (3).

Ben Cole and Blake Thompson carried the tally to 112 before a mix-up saw Cole run out for 38.

In a double blow, Thompson (12) was bowled by Ricky Campbell without adding to the total.

Rhett MacGregor became Nathan Ballard's second scalp, bowled for 10, before Sam Whitbread finished off the tail to finish with 4 for 20.

United was in early trouble at 3 for 27 with Ballard (0), Matt Collier (10) and Campbell (6) already back in the pavilion.

When Brock Hynes was stumped for 11 off Dave Rees, Wingham were right in the match. But Burley and Murray McCartney steadied the innings carrying the total past the century mark.

As the storm clouds rolled in Burley opened his shoulders, cashing in on the inexperienced attack.

Burley enjoyed his share of luck, being dropped a number of times whilst adding four sixes and four fours in his match-winning knock.

McCartney remained unbeaten on 23, hitting the winning runs.

The competition switches to T20 mode from Saturday with Wingham drawn to meet Taree West and Wauchope at Johnny Martin Oval.