Bushmen battle United when second grade resumes

Dan Ossedryver in action for the Bushmen against Taree West earlier this season. The side will take on Taree United on Saturday.
Dan Ossedryver in action for the Bushmen against Taree West earlier this season. The side will take on Taree United on Saturday.

Gloucester Bushmen will take on competition leaders Taree United on Saturday when the Manning cricket second grade competition resumes.

The Bushmen will be considerable underdogs going into the match, but as history will tell that means very little.

Against the odds, Gloucester defeated United in round six to secure their first win of the season.

With the finals in mind, the fifth placed Bushmen will need to topple the side again to stay in touch with the front-runners.

The word 'potential' has been used a lot to describe the Bushmen, who have returned to the Manning competition a second season.

Issues with a consistent line-up have hurt, but when their best XI has taken the field they've looked lethal. Take the strong win against United as an example.

Jye Barkwill has been the best kept secret for the side, taking 17 wickets and scoring 137 runs.

He scored the majority of these in one knock in the only ton of the competition thus far.

Captain Harry Clarke (154 runs) and big hitter Johny Cornelius (11 sixes this season) have been steady.

Just five games remain until the finals kick off so look for these players to be the difference makers if the Bushmen want to avoid an early exit.

Elsewhere, Great Lakes will look to continue their charge up the table when they face cellar-dwellers Wingham at Tuncurry Oval.

Old Bar will face Taree West at Chris Dempsey Oval in the other fixture.

A half century to Noel Matheson helped guide Bulahdelah to a seven wicket win over Taree United in the return clash of the third grade competition.

Great Lakes Green got a confidence boost against Taree West Strikers at Tuncurry. Great Lakes won the toss and batted first, posting 7/186 after 40 overs.

That's when the bowling attack took over and dismissed the Strikers for 47 in the reply.

Allan May had the best return with 4/14.

It was also a bowlers day at Forster when Great Lakes Gold chased down just 55 runs to defeat Pacific Palms.

While Gold bowled out Palms in the 25th over, they lost five wickets on their way to victory.