TINONEE was the venue for the first day of the two day cricket match between Old Bar and Taree West 14s.
The Old Bar boys were keen to make a good start to the final round despite missing two of their players. Taree West won the toss and sent Old Bar into bat which may have proved a costly decision. Seasoned openers Connor Hughes and David Rowe made their way to the pitch and quickly settled into their rhythm with Connor pushing the boundaries and David effectively turning the strike over. Connor made a quickfire 16 before being bowled in the 10th over with the score on 30.
Tanna Hinton seemed to quickly get his eye in but unfortunately was out bowled for 7 in the 12th over with the total on 42. The Old Bar coach then sent Alex Slade out to hopefully settle into a partnership with David. Alex and David didn't disappoint their coach or team mates, piling on the runs. Their partnership pushed the score to 147 before Alex was run out for a 37 valuable. Keegan Hughes then made his way to the wicket with the hope of adding to his team's total. Unfortunately David was out shortly after but he had contributed 61. Pat Moses was then sent in to bat with Keegan.
Keegan found the boundaries and Pat played the supporting role to a tee. Keegan scored 19 before being caught out at square leg. Ned Gillis was next in. He quickly went about hitting the ball over the top of the in close fielders making Taree West re-evaluate fielding positions. Unfortunately it was to be a short innings and Ned was out bowled for 9.
The Old Bar coach then sent Josh Shoesmith out to the pitch, hopeful that he could add to the run total with Pat. Josh pushed a quick single but Pat was then out bowled for 6.
Liam Hampson was the last batter of the day for the Bar boys as both Joel Dark and Sam Bayliss were unavailable. Josh was hopeful of a big total as he had relatives there in support but it wasn't to be with him being caught out for 1 run. Liam was the not out batsman when the Old Bar innings came to an end in the 43rd over with the score on 192.
Hoping to take some early wickets, Old Bar elected to open their bowling with Ned Gillis and Connor Hughes. Both took a wicket in their second over. Ned finished the day with the figures of 1/2 from his four overs and Connor with 2/ 2 from his three overs, leaving Taree West 3/5 after seven overs.
The Bar boys will be keen to continue their great form next week when they resume their bowling innings.