Under 10s fronted up to some smoky conditions on Saturday with cricket games almost called off due to the conditions. The players were relegated into four teams of four and it was teams North and South taking on Teams East and West this week.
North/South batted first with Beau (6) and Henry 3 (1out) getting off to a slow start. Riley B (7), Samantha (2), Emma (6) and Riley E (8) compiled some steady runs. Chris (14) and Kyan (6) came home with a big finish. Jarrah (1/5) was the only bowler to take a wicket.
Defending a low score of 52 (1 out) wasn't going to be easy, and with catches not going to hand didn't help.
Nick (5), Jarrod (8), Liam (9/1out) and Max (9) started strongly for East/West. Charlie (13) and Xanthe (4) had a strong partnership, but it was Jarrah (2/1out) and William who scored the winning run off the last ball that got Team East/West the win. Chris 1/2 and Henry 1/5 bowled well for their wickets.
Overall a great close game with both teams showing great sportsmanship.
Under 16 Manning
Wingham/Gloucester hosted Taree West at home in Wingham for the last T20 of the season. Taree won the toss and chose to field. Lucas Summerville and Paula Edwards opened the batting strongly. This was Wingham/Gloucester's best opening partnership of the season with Lucas getting caught on eight and Paula being bowled again on four.
Harrison Edwards received a diamond duck after being run out and not facing any balls. Nathan Smith top scored this week. He was carving the Taree bowlers up with his score of 19 runs before he was bowled too. Travis Sansom started strongly only to be bowled early in his innings leaving the home side at 4/24. RJ Shepperd hit 14 off the bat until he was caught in slip. A bottom order collapse followed with the side dismissed for 76 runs.
Nathan Smith bowled the first over of the second innings and snatched up Wingham/Gloucester's first wicket of the game to leave the away side at 1/2. Nathan finished his bowling spell on 1/4 which included one maiden over. Travis Sansom had his best bowling spell of the season with 0/4 at the completion of his three maximum overs.
Jack Bignell and Lucas Pope also performed well in their bowling spells with Jack finishing 0/4 and Lucas 0/7. This was Lucas' best bowling so far. The next wicket came at the hands of our wicket keeper, Jack Shepperd, from RJ Shepperd's over. This left Taree at 2/20.
Taree managed to reach the required total, winning the game on 2/80 and 2 retirements. Next week, Wingham/Gloucester takes on Great Lakes in Tuncurry for the first one day game of the season.
Registrations and the first game of the 2019/20 Gloucester Open T20 season were held on Saturday, November 2.
Played in hazy conditions, the Wizard Wackers picked up a win in the first game. The side batted first for a total of 132 with Ian Sansom unbeaten on 33. Bowling honors for the Swanny Swansongs were shared among the bowlers with Sami Murrey, 1/10 and Blake McSwan, 1/15. In reply, the Swansongs fell short of the target in a spirited run chase. Steven Bignell had bowling figures of 2/13 for the Wizards.
All games this season will be in the T20 format and start at 3pm. If you would like to play, contact Rodney at Valley Motors on 6558 1105 or 6558 2897.
"Just brilliant, it was our best game so far this season."
Gloucester Bushmen Harry Clarke was thrilled with his side's win over Taree West in round four of the Manning district cricket second grade competition.
The Bushmen got off to a flyer with the bat. Johny Cornelius led from the front with an unbeaten 55 runs. This was ably supported by several batsman as the side finished their 40 overs on 8/225. In Taree West's reply, Bushmen bowler Brett Radford put the entire competition on notice. He blasted his way through the West batsmen to finish his seven overs with bowling figures of 5/21.
Johny also proved his all-round ability, cleaning up top order batsmen to finish 3/17. West finished the match 9/52.
"Our bowling was superb and it was our best performance in the field," Harry said. "We didn't drop any catches."