Essery slams his third ton

ON a very warm afternoon the Wingham second grade cricket side resumed their innings against Old Bar at Cedar Party Reserve.

Continuing on at 2/70 Mitch Niven on 23 and Dennis Smith 18 looked to move the score as close as they could to Old Bar's first innings of 195.

The score moved along to 90 before Niven was caught and bowled for 36 awith the score now at 3/90. Robby Hynes joined Smith at the wicket and had advanced the score to 106 when Smith was caught for 31. Steve Allwood joined Hynes and with the score on 116 Allwood was out for 5 and Wingham now were five wickets down.

Jessie Newman then joined Hynes and together took the score to 131 when Hynes was caught for 19, and 195 looked a long way off as Wingham were now 6/131. This brought Wingham's captain Matt Essery and in-form batsman to the crease and the pair set about resurrecting the run chase.

After a shaky start Essery found his feet and the pair were scoring at ease, with Essery playing some great shots to the boundaries and Newman rotating the strike Wingham was quickly closing in on the target. With the score on 201 Newman was stumped for a well-made 19. With Newman's dismissal Essery upped the pace and punished any wayward bowling.

Tye Brislane came and went for a duck and Scott Blanch soon followed for 3 and Wingham were now 9/232. Joel Kleindeinst joined Essery and they took the score to 263 before Kliendeinst was dismissed without scoring, but he had done his job and had helped Essery reach his third consecutive century as he remained 108 not out. His innings was a class act with shots to all parts of the ground, although the dry conditions and fast outfields have exaggerated some of the scores, the batsmen still have to hit the shots to do this. Wingham had secured first innings points.

With an hour and half to play and the chance of picking up extra bonus points Old Bar went back into bat. Wingham's objective was to pick up as many wickets as they could. By mutual agreement both captains called and end to play at 5.30 with Old Bar 4/79.

Wingham's wicket takers in the second innings were Allwood 2/20, Brislane 1/16, and Hynes 1/2. The Australian Hotel's player of the match was Matt Essery. Next week Wingham are at home against Cundletown.