UNITED scored a much needed win over Great Lakes in the Manning second grade cricket competition in the first match back from the Christmas break.
Playing in searing heat at Rec 3, United won the toss and elected to bat.
This paid dividends when openers Nathan Ballard and Matt Kennewell put on 97 before Ballard was dismissed for a well compiled 43, including five boundaries.
Kennwell was next to go with the score at 143. His 61 was the match high and he found the boundary on nine occasions. United eventually finished with 7/238 from their 40 overs with Josh Ferris smashing 57 from just 31 balls in a whirlwind innings that included four sixes and five boundaries. Ferris was the last batsman dismissed when he was run out. Aaron Pin made 21 from 20 and Murray McCartney 21 from 15. Great Lakes lost early wicket and were five down for 60 before making 193.
Kennewell said it was a timely result.
“Great Lakes and Wingham are the two top teams and we needed a win to stay with them,’’ he explained.
United now moves to third.