Wingham cricket teams well placed for weekend matches

Strong: Wingham bowler Steve Allwood brings a solid 15 wickets at 13.6 into the new year competition. File photo.
Strong: Wingham bowler Steve Allwood brings a solid 15 wickets at 13.6 into the new year competition. File photo.

Wingham Cricket teams are well placed to make the finals in their respective grades when competition re-commences on Saturday, January 18.

The Premier League side sits in third position, two points adrift of Saturdays opponent United, who lead the comp.

Second Grade holds down fourth spot with 18 points, with the Harry Clarke led Gloucester leading on 30.

Three teams share the lead in Thirds as United, Old Bar/Harrington and Taree West on 39 with Wingham White in fourth on 36 and Wingham Blue (21) in sixth.

Josh McTaggart has been a standout in Premier League, leading the competition wicket-takers with 16 as well as contributing with the bat, making 135 runs. Steve Allwood is breathing down McTaggarts neck with 15 wickets at 13.6 and Dave Rees has claimed 10 at 16 after converting to bowling off-spin.

It's no surprise to see Ben Cole's name as leading run-scorer for Wingham. He has 223 at 44.6 heading his skipper Michael Rees who has made 144 in limited trips to the crease. Ben Scowen has the best average of 61.

Despite being in fourth position Second Grade are yet to fully hit their straps due to regular team changes. Mitch Niven leads the way with bat and ball, making 146 at 48.67 and claiming seven wickets at 13.

Jackson Mullen is the only other batsman to pass 100 runs with 108 at 27 whilst Tim Rees also has seven wickets.

Fielding two third grade sides is never easy but the boys from Wingham Blue and Wingham White are both competitive units.

White has prevailed in both local derbies, by three and eight wickets respectively, but there has been no lack of competitive spirit and banter.

Whites' Steve Campbell leads the competition batting statistics with 263 at 43.83 with a high of 94.

Blue skipper Beau Reed is not far behind with 237 at 29.63 and Jade Stace on 207 at 41.4.

Dennis Smith leads the averages on 69.5 from his son Nathan with 59.67.

Both represent the White team.

Farron Saxby (White) continues to add to his career wicket stats leading the competition trundlers on 16 at 12.19 from cohort Jye Kliendienst 15 at 17.53.

Tough matches

Each Wingham team has tough matches on Saturday with Premier League taking on United in the final T20 round at Chatham Park.

Second Grade travels to Gloucester whilst Wingham White come up against defending premiers Bulahdelah at Ken Malpass Field and Wingham Blue are set to play Taree West at Johnny Martin Oval.