Gloucester Bushmen defeated by Great Lakes in round four of Manning cricket second grade competition

Gloucester batsman Harry Clarke in action against Wingham last month. He made one run against Great Lakes before being bowled by Sam Whitbread.
Gloucester batsman Harry Clarke in action against Wingham last month. He made one run against Great Lakes before being bowled by Sam Whitbread.

Gloucester Bushmen are anchored to the bottom of the Manning cricket second grade competition following a heavy defeat at the hands of reigning premiers Great Lakes last Saturday.

The side remains winless in the 2020/21 season following the third successive loss.

The Bushmen won the toss and elected to bat which proved to be the downfall.

The side was dismissed for just 27 inside of 18 overs.

Great Lakes made quick work of the reply, with openers Rhett MacGregor and Landon Blissett needing just seven overs to get the job done.

Harrison Earl-Broadley was the only Bushmen batsman to reach double digits.

The wickets were shared among the Great Lakes bowlers, with former Mid North Coast Cricket Premier League standout Sam Whitbread finishing with an impressive 3/2.

Gloucester heads to Johnny Martin Oval on Saturday to face Taree West for the first time.

The former premier league side sits fourth on the table ahead of Wingham and Gloucester.

Meanwhile, Taree United scored a six wicket win against Old Bar at Old Bar.

The home side won the toss and batted first.

Many got off to starts, with opener Damon Minett top scoring with 34. Old Bar finished 8/150 at the end of 40 overs.

United lost top order batsmen Matt Collier and Nathan Ballard early but experienced all-rounder Murray McCartney steadied the ship and belted 60 runs, including 11 boundaries, to put the result out of reach.

Ricky Campbell scored an admirable 36 to get the side home.

The side is now the sole leader at the top of the table and will rely on quality players, many who have experienced higher levels of cricket, to be a premiership contender.

Great Lakes and Old Bar are also off to a solid start.

Wins in third grade went to Old Bar-Harrington, Pacific Palms, Old Bar and Wingham.

Bulahdelah and Taree West Strikers shared the points after their match at Bulahdelah Oval was washed out.

Pacific Palms, making their first appearance in the Manning competition since the early 2000s, join Old Bar-Harrington on 18 points at the top of the table.