ANOTHER poor batting display ended Taree West’s hopes of making the McDonalds Mid North Coast Premier League cricket competition semi-finals.
The West had to win the last two games of the season to sneak into fourth spot. However, a loss to Wauchope RSL in the penultimate match leaves the side in seventh spot, five points in arrears of fourth placed Nulla.
In other games United secured third spot win a win over second placed Wingham, competition leaders Macquarie went down to Port City while Rovers accounted for wooden spooners Port Panthers.
At Wauchope the home side batted first and mustered 152, thanks to late innings hitting from Matt Miller 43 not out and Isaac King with 36. For Taree West Shane Manny took 3/16 and Paul Cox 3/26. Taree West’s innings lasted just 27 overs as they were bundled out for 75. Nathan Johnson top scored with 22. For Wauchope Bailey Smith returned his best figures of the year with 5/10.
Wingham’s minor premiership hopes were also snuffed out when beaten by United at Chatham Park. The win also ensured United’s top three spot.
United won the toss and elected to bat. They lost Ricky Campbell (7) and Murray McCartney (0) early but scrambled to 7/167. Big hitting Danial Stone held the innings together with 62 including seven boundaries and three sixes. Tom Burley made 25 while Sam Whitebread contributed a valuable 22 not out.
Brad Staff finished with 2/7 from eight overs including four maidens while Michael Rees took 3/38. Wingham’s run chase looked on track with opener Michael Rees in punishing form. Rees smashed nine boundaries and two sixes in his 62. However, Wingham still looked comfortable until Brock Hynes was bowled by Jackson Witts for 13, leaving them 7/155. They then lost three wickets in quick succession to be all out for 161.
Stone, is a fine allround double finished with 3/30 for United while Witts took 2/36 and Jordan Gilfillan 2/29.
Macquarie played Port City Leagues Magpies at Oxley Oval in a game Magpies had to win, or their season was over. Magpies batted first and put together a very competitive 9/237. Top score was Jessie Schmidt with 59 and Blake Larance chipped in with 45. For Macquarie Josh Hyde took 6/36. Macquaire continued to lose key wickets throughout the innings. All the batsmen made a start, but no-one dominated. Best was Ricky Arnell with 29. Blake Larance took the figures with 3/18.
Rovers went to Wayne Richards Park to play Port Macquarie Pirates. Neither of the young teams could make the finals but both wanted a win. Pirates batted and put together 153. Jarrod Humphries top scored with 32 and Jack Connolly’s 29 helped the team to a competitive total. Rovers best bowlers were Jarrod Baldwin with 3/31 and Callan McKiernan 3/12. Rovers began poorly, but Jackson Korn with 53no and Ethan Dowling with 56no took the team to 4/156 in the 30th over. Michael Foster took 2/32.
The ladder is: Macquarie 75, Wingham 70, United 65, Nulla 60, Port City 58, Wauchope 58, Taree West 55, Rovers 53 and Port Panthers 25.