UNITED and Taree West advanced their claims for top four berths in the McDonalds Mid North Coast Premier League cricket competition.
United had a great couple of days, defeating Port City on Saturday and then Wingham in a deferred game, while Taree West accounted for erstwhile competition leaders Macquarie.
Despite losing to United Wingham has shot to the top of the ladder after 12 matches.
United sits in third place while Taree West is seventh, six points adrift of fourth.
The batsmen struggled in the Macquarie/Taree West match. Macquarie won the toss and batted and were out for 72 in 28 overs. Josh Hyde top scored with 23. Paul Cox took 3/10 and Josh Meldrum 3/12 for the West. Macquarie fought hard in the field and had Taree West six wickets down before the winning runs were hit . Josh Meldrum completed an all-round effort with 32. For Macquarie Sam Dwyer took 2/2.
Over at Chatham Oval Port City Leagues Magpies played United. United batted and put together 134 off 31 overs. Jessie Schmidt continued his superb season with 4/11. Magpies fell in a heap and besides Schmidt with 23, the other batsmen faltered, and they were out for 92 in the 25th over.
United made it a double by ending Wingham’s five match winning run. Wingham captain Ben Scowen won the toss and elected to bat. Michael Rees had an inauspicious return to Manning cricket when he was trapped in front by Jackson Witts for a duck. The innings didn’t recover from there and Wingham managed just 85. Zac Sheather, with 4/12, was the most successful bowler while Jordan Gilfillan took 3/12.
Sheather opened the innings for United and scored 32 as United lost three wickets in the chase.
Wauchope made the journey and found a Rovers team that has its mojo working. They scored 7/216 off 40 overs with Jackson Korn top scoring with 64. Best bowling for Wauchope was Tony Brown with 2/38. Chasing the runs Wauchope came very close with 9/208. Matt Miller hitting a belligerent 81 from 42 balls.
At Oxley Oval in Port Macquarie, Nulla came down from Kempsey to play the Port Macquaire Pirates. The young Pirates batted first and put together 119 in 35 overs with Mark Jackson top score with 27 opening the innings. Nulla replied with 8/120, just getting over the line in the 29th over. The wickets were shared with Jack Connolly taking three and evergreen Paul Stait showing his class with two.