A MATCH defining partnership between Matt Collier (34) and Josh Ferris (26) steered United to a win over Wauchope RSL in the Mid North Coast Premier League T20 cricket clash at Chatham Parl.
This was the opening round of T20s for the season.
Batting first Wauchope scrambled to 99 with opener Nathan Lyon continuing his hot form with a quickfire 40.
Justin Boyd was the pick of the United bowlers with three wickets. Wauchope then had united 6/67 with the game in the balance before Collier and Ferris guided their team to victory with 3.2 overs to spare.
Taree West took on Wingham at Johnny Martin Oval and were sent in by Ryan Morris. After their allotted 20 overs it looked like a good toss to win as the West could only scramble to 5/103.
Captain Dean Mills and fellow opener Jamie Hartland were the only two batsmen to really trouble the scorers finishing on 31 and 34 respectively. Wickets were evenly shared with Josh McTaggart the pick of the Wingham bowlers with 2/ 11 off his four overs.
But Wingham were then never really in the chase as wickets fell regularly to be bowled out for 79, with Mick Stinson top scoring with 23.
Josh Meldrum picked up 3/8 off for overs.
Rovers were too strong for Port Pirates compiling 8/133 from their 20 overs with Kurt Prosper 39 and Mitch Korn 59 not out standing out.
Brothers Bryce and Connor Cook took two wickets each. Pirates then finished on 6/119 to fall 15 runs short with Jarred Humphries playing a lone hand of 62. Jackson Korn with 2/16 was the pick of the Rovers bowlers.
Wauchope then took on Wingham and batting first made 6/103 with five players reaching double figures. Nathan Lyon made 25 and keeper Darren Bourke with 23 were the best. Steve Allwood picked up two wickets. Wingham chased the runs down with four wickets and 3.5 overs in hand with Ben Cole top scoring with 30. Will Clarke and Adam Murray both took two wickets each.
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The West batted first and could only manage 69 with Josh Hartland 22 the only batsmen to offer much resistance. Sam Whitbread and Daniel Stone both took three wicket. United then knocked the runs off in 16.3 overs with the loss of only three wickets. Matt Collier top scored with 33.
Port City in their only game for the day took on Rovers and came out on top. Rovers batting first compiled a very good 9/150 with Jackson Korn top scoring with 41.
In a tense finish Port City won the game off the last ball and with only one wicket in hand. Best with the bat was Sean Minns with 34. Lachlan Munday picked up three wickets for Rovers.
Wauchope had mixed results on the weekend with 2nd grade red team picking up the points through a forfeit. 2nd grade blue continued their strong start to the season with a good win over Bonny Hills. Wauchope bowled out Bonny Hills in only 27 overs with Kade McKenna, Luke Holt and Aiden Groves picking up 2 wickets each. Chasing 93 to win Nigel McKenna made short work of it to smash a well compiled 65. Wauchope passed the total in the 17th over with the loss of only 3 wickets.
In 3rd grade Wauchope suffered only their 2nd loss of the season. Magpies made 8 for 172 with Wayde Coombes the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 12 off 8 overs. Wauchope were then bowled out in the 34th over for 135 to fall short. Steve Thompson with 28 not out was the best with the bat.