IN the first of two Manning first grade cricket T/20 games at Chatham Park Taree West won the toss against Wingham and elected to bat on what appeared to be a soft pitch.
Wingham got off to a strong start with Ryan Williams opening the bowling with a maiden. Jonathon Craig-Dobson then removed Luke McLeod who edged the first ball to wicket keeper Brock Hynes. Adam McLeod (16) and Brian Levi (6) attempted to kick start the innings f however the introduction of Ryan Morris brought the end for both McLeod and new batsman Ethan Curry in the space of two overs.
Williams claimed the wicket of Levi in his third over. Taree West lost their last five wickets for 21 runs. Paul Cox (6) and Lee Crozier (14) stemmed the bleeding for a few overs but Brad Staff who took another four wicket haul removed both. Morris grabbed his third wicket bowling Jonathon Paff, ending his spell with the impressive economic figures of 3-11 (4). Wingham had Taree West all out for 72 in 15 overs. Best bowling figures for Wingham were Staff 4-30 (4), Morris 3-11 (4), Williams 1-9 (4).
Wingham's innings started with a slight hiccup when Hynes was removed by Brian Levi for one. Staff joined Jye Kliendienst at the crease and the pair amassed a partnership of 57 to take the total to 60 before Staff (34 which included six boundaries edged one behind to the wicket-keeper off Jonathon Paff's bowling. Kliendienst (22) and Craig-Dobson (4) finished off the remaining runs handing Wingham an eight wicket victory. Best Bowling for Taree West were Paff 1-5 (2) and Levi 1-25 (3).
The second game for Wingham saw them lose the toss again and be sent out to field by Great Lakes, who opened their innings with Evan Duckworth and Dean Elliot. Rhyce Kliendienst quickly removed Duckworth for six. This brought Shane Hume to the crease and with Elliott built a solid partnership of 52 off seven overs. Craig-Dobson was introduced to the attack and removed Elliot (27) and new batsman Mark McCarthy in consecutive deliveries. In his next over Craig-Dobson bowled Adrian Martin and Great Lakes had lost 3/6 off three overs. Staff knocked over Julius Schilpzand's stumps for 4 and Jye Kliendienst ran out Matt Sliber for 1. The wickets stopped for Wingham with Hume finishing the 20 overs with an impressive 57 and Chris Weaver also remained unbeaten on 12. Great Lakes set Wingham 118 to chase down. Best Bowling for Wingham were Craig-Dobson 3-14 (4), Rhyce Kliendienst 1-20 (3) and Staff 1-22 (4).
Captain Adam Carney and Hynes opened the batting and built a partnership of 40 before Hynes was caught behind off Jay Hunt's bowling for 23. Staff joined Carney and the pair added 47 more runs before Carney was bowled by Hume for 25. Staff and Craig-Dobson finished off the run chase with two overs to spare, with Staff again playing a solid knock of 35 and Craig-Dobson finishing up with 17.
Best bowling for Great Lakes was Hunt 1-19 (4) and Hume 1-24 (3).