Wingham avoids outright

A THIRD consecutive 50 to Mick Stinson helped Wingham avoid an outright loss in the Manning first grade cricket match against Old Bar at Cedar Party Reserve.

Stinson and fellow veteran Wayne Smoothy frustrated Old Bar's bowlers in the second innings as Wingham batted the day out to finish on 5/260. Stinson was not out on 52 while Smoothy was on 24.

Old Bar resumed at 6/186 after dismissing Wingham for 92 the previous week.

In the sixth over Jonathon Craig-Dobson removed Ben Cole for an assertive 78. This saw a mini collapse for Old Bar as Wingham removed the last four wickets for 12 runs. Craig-Dobson bowled Alex Studdart for 5 and dismissed Brendan Fuller in the same over caught behind. Daine Williams finished off Old Bar when he had James Thompson caught behind for a resilient 20. Craig-Dobson with 4/52 off 11 overs was the most successful bowler while Mitch Niven took 3/50 off 12 and Williams 2/54 off 16. Wingham trailed Old Bar by 130 runs.

Wingham's captain Adam Carney set the team the challenge of avoiding an outright loss and to bat the day. Wingham began solidly with Jake Mullen and Craig-Dobson bringing the total up to 39 before Craig-Dobson was judged to be caught behind for 24. Brock Hynes joined Mullen and the pair played through to the drinks break but soon after Mullen was removed by Dave Rees caught by Cole in slips for 28. Williams and Hynes built a solid partnership of 65 to put Wingham in front, shortly after Williams was grasped by Dave Rees in slip off the bowling of Fuller for 19. Captain Carney was the new batsman and he continued where Williams left off before he was also caught by Cole off Dave Rees for 18. Hynes at this time had passed his 50 in a very attacking manner and was 63 not out when Stinson became his fourth partner. He kept giving the strike to Hynes as he was edging closer and closer to his hundred. Unfortunately, much to the dismay of Hynes and the team he was removed by Thompson for a brilliant run-a-ball 90. Smoothy joined Stinson and the partnership that caused Old Bar some headaches in the first innings came back for seconds.

They put on 60 and remained not out at the close of play.

Wingham finished the day at 5/260 with the best bowling figures of Old Bar being Dave Rees 2/86 off 17, Thompson 1/23 off 5, Jamie Hartland 1/36 off 8 and Fuller 1/52 off 8.