Wingham considers semi-final venue switch

Wingham could opt to play its Mid North Coast Premier League semi-final at Laurieton and not Cedar Party Reserve.
Wingham could opt to play its Mid North Coast Premier League semi-final at Laurieton and not Cedar Party Reserve.

LAURIETON Oval could be Wingham’s surprise pick as the venue to play the semi-final in the McDonald’s Premier League cricket competition on Saturday, March 17.

Skipper Ben Scowen explained the side finishing the highest on the ladder will get the choice of the venue. Wingham looks assured of a top two finish with two games remaining.

However, Scowen said he side may decide to move the game away from the club’s headquarters at Cedar Party Reserve, mainly due to concerns about the condition of the ground caused by the hot and dry summer. And Scowen hasn’t ruled out a move to a venue on the Hastings.

“At this stage Laurieton would be our pick,’’ he said.

“We play good cricket there and we enjoy playing at Laurieton. We have a top heavy batting line-up and a good wicket and short boundaries suits us.’’

Wingham currently sits second behind Macquarie and while it is likely the Port Macquarie-based outfit will claim the minor premiership with two games remaining, Scowen hasn’t given up hope. He said if Wingham wins their final two games and Macquarie happens to stumble, Wingham will claim the minor prize.