Gloucester Bushmen top of the table

Howzat: Gloucester Bushmen sit three point clear at the top of the Manning district second grade cricket competition Players return to the field on Saturday. Photo: Scott Calvin.
Howzat: Gloucester Bushmen sit three point clear at the top of the Manning district second grade cricket competition Players return to the field on Saturday. Photo: Scott Calvin.

Gloucester has made a strong start in the club's maiden year in the Manning second grade cricket competition. The Bushmen, with 30, are three clear of Old Bar on the ladder.

Great Lakes has 24, Wingham, the defending premiers 18 with Taree West trailing the field on 15.

Gloucester captain Harrison Clarke leads the batting statistics with 280 at 56.

He also has the highest score for the season with an unbeaten 136. Taree West skipper JJ Burton's 132 scored last match against Wingham has elevated him to second place with 236 at 39. Ryan Clark from Great Lakes has only batted on four occasions but he's amassed 192 at 64 - the best average in the competition. His highest score is an unbeaten 99.

Ashley Kippax from Old Bar is the leading wicket taker with 14 at 12.86 with a best return of 6/20. Will Clark from Great Lakes has 11 at 10.18 with an average of 10.36.

Kieran Green from Old Bar has 10 at 15.20. Jye Barkwell from Gloucester is the only other bowler so far to take five wickets in an innings. He has nine wickets, with the best return of 5/12.

Meanwhile, two centuries have been scored and six five wicket hauls in Manning third grade cricket this season.

Farron Saxby from Wingham is the leading wicket taker with 16 at 12.19. His best return is 5/17. Saxby leads fellow Wingham player Jye Kleindeinst who has 15 wickets at 17.53.

His figures of 6/25 represent the best haul for the season. Wade Harry from United has 14 at 11.07 with 5/26 his best. Damien Moore from Old Bar (5/9), Chris Perrin from Great Lakes (5/12) and United's Ken Middlebrook (5/16) are the other bowlers to take five wickets in an innings. There have been two big tons in third grade.

The versatile Wade Harry from United smashed an unbeaten 142. Harry has also slammed 10 sixes and 32 boundaries in making 243 runs at the hefty average of 121.50.

Taree West's Luke McLeod has the highest score in any grade this season with 152 not out. This makes up the bulk of his 2327 runs for the season at 47.40.

Steven Campbell from Wingham is the leading run gatherer. He has amassed 263 runs at 43.83, with 94 his highest. Both grades return on Saturday.