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One of Newcastle’s greatest players, Danny Buderus, started his rugby league career in the Taree juniors.THE Manning has long been a rugby league nursery for the Newcastle Knights.
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David Boyd, who began his career with Chatham Cundle in the Taree and District Junior League, was one of the club’s major signings when Newcastle joined the then-Winfield Cup in 1988.

Boyd, an Australian Schoolboy representative from Chatham High, was a member of Canterbury’s 1986 grand final side.

Front rower Brett Shore,like Boyd, a Chatham Cundle junior, was also at the Knights in the club’s formative years.

One of the club and code’s greatest players, hooker Danny Buderus, is a Taree junior who moved to the Knights in 1995 while still at school.

Wingham’s Matt Bartlett played minor grades with Newcastle before switching to Melbourne and North Queensland.

Mitch Steel, also from Wingham, was in the Newcastle system.

Five-eighth Jarrod Mullen played junior football with Taree Panthers and has strong family connections with the Manning.

There are threeGroup Three products currently in the Knights’ junior system.

Old Bar’s Kurtis Dark and Matt Croker, who captained Taree City’s premiership winning under 18 side last season and 2016 NSW Combined High School under 15 representative, Harry Croker.

Now organisers of the Our Knights One Chance are looking to support from regional areas, including the Manning and Great Lakes.

The group has announced a business model that would involve selling up to 40,000 shares at $500 apiece to raise between $15 and $20 million in capital, the Newcastle Herald reports.

If that’s achieved they’ll ask the NRL to hand control to a board of directors elected by shareholders.

Our Knights group spokesman Mike Rabbit told the Herald the catchment would need to extend ‘further afield, beyond the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Hunter region.’

“We need to get a gauge from places like Taree, Coffs Harbour, Tamworth and the Central Coast,’’ he said.

“Those towns are all in our area, in close proximity and we’re hopeful we can draw support.’’

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Eating healthy? No need to be boring

Eating healthy: Dietitian Emma Schwartzkoff says eating healthy foods need not be boring.For many people looking to lose weight, a trip to the dietitian can be cause for dread. No-one wants to live on lettuce leaves and mineral water.
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But Emma Schwartzkoff from Port Macquarie’s Healthier You Dietetics has a reassuring message: healthy eating need not be boring.

“A lot of dietitians have a passion for food as much as a passion for health,” she says. “My attitude is that if you love all food, then you’ll eat a variety of it, and that is the essence of healthy eating.”

Emma and her fiancé, Port Macquarie GP Andriy Boyko, recently spent a year travelling the world. In every country they visited, they took a cooking class.

They learnt to make fresh pasta in Italy, sweet semolina halva in Turkey, and tomato-and-cinnamon rooster in Greece. In Nepal, they convinced a hotelier’s wife to open her private kitchen and teach them to make momo dumplings, a local specialty.

Often, their fellow pupils would ask about Australian cuisine.

“People would say to us, ‘Australia doesn’t really have a national cuisine, does it?’” Emma said.

“It got me thinking about it, but it also made me sad, because Australia has what I think is the best food culture in the world.”

On returning home to Port Macquarie, she decided to combine her experience as a dietitian and her passion for food by opening her own cooking school. The Tucker Table offers a variety of classes, celebrating Port Macquarie produce and promoting healthy eating.

Emma has based many of her classes on questions she is often asked by patients. From February, she will offer cooking lessons for diabetics, classes on heart-friendly meals and sessions on squeezing more vegetables into the diet.

“Very few meet the daily requirements,” she says. “But vegetables are so delicious. If you teach people to cook them in an interesting, yummy way, they’re more likely to eat them.”

There will be courses for young people leaving home for the first time, for the time-poor, and for empty-nesters, many of whom struggle to cook for one or two after years of cooking for a large family.

For visitors to Port Macquarie, The Tucker Table runs classes focused on Australian cuisine, with menus featuring dishes such as damper burgers, seared kangaroo and macadamia salad, whole snapper with ginger and spring onions, and pavlova.

“Australian cuisine is shaped by our beautiful, fresh produce, multicultural influences – especially from the Mediterranean and Asia – and our weather and culture. Outdoor eating is a major aspect,” she says.

“Fresh seafood is integral, too. When I ask my patients how often they eat fish, the answer is whenever they catch it.”

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An unusual tribute

In memory of those who could not serve: This Kelvin honour board commemorates those who wanted to fight but were declared medically unfit.
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When war first broke out in 1914, the Australian Army had very strict medical guidelines for enlistment.

The Australian Imperial Force sought 20,000 primarily Anglo men from a subset of 820,000 men of fighting age (19 to 38 years).

Recruits had to be 5ft 6in or above in height and have chest measurements of at least 34 inches. They also had to have sound teeth, no eyesight problems and no venereal disease.

By 1915, criteria changed (due mainly to the shortage of available young men), which meant that previously ineligible men were now considered eligible for enlistment. However, many recruits were still turned away.

Given the patriotic fervour at the time (according to historian Bill Gammage) these rejected men “stumbled away from the tables in tears, unable to answer sons or mates left to the fortunes of war”. Certainly, among families, it would have been hard for those rejected by the army to look their “accepted”sibling, or comrade in the eye knowing that they were going forth to be shot at – while their companion at the enlistment booth was not.

So harshly were many of these men judged, by both themselves and by the communities they lived in, that they formed the “Rejected Volunteers Association”and took to wearing a badge so that people would know that they had tried to do their bit.

Locally, this manifested itself in a rather unusual honour board found in the Kelvin Hall – the Kelvin Honour Board for Unaccepted Volunteers. On it there are eight names: A. Bridges,W. Campbell,W. Gardner,E. Mercer,P. McKenzie,F. O’Brien,J. Sleightholme and E. Smith.

Many of this eight had brothers who had enlisted, the names are easily observed on the other honour board in the same room.

Perhaps why the residents created this board can best be answered by the question: How would William Campbell from Kelvin have felt knowing that he was at home and safe whereas his brothers Harold and Thomas were fighting in a “foreign field”? Bluntly speaking, the community thought that he would have felt “rubbish”– and this was their way of rallying behind him, and the other seven young men, who never made it overseas despite their best efforts.

Perhaps William was one of those who turned up on November 21, 1916 at the Medical Board Examination in the Court House premises in Gunnedah with a certificate saying he was medically unfit?

Had his dream of service ended with this declaration, with William having to be checked again by Major H. Gordon, Military Registrar, when the army next did a head check of those that it had on its books as enlisting but had not turned up?

Did William wear a badge to prevent judgment? Did his parents advocate for him to be on the Honour Board of Unaccepted Volunteers in Kelvin so the world, and William, would always remember that he had tried?

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Wimmera sporting flashbacks: December 2013 | Photos

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Group’s Q fever fears

Concerns: Save Rose Valley group members Allan Mackay, Ken Sandy, Debra Sandy and Peter Berriman fear a proposed abbatoir would increase the risk of Q fever.Rose Valley residents fear the risk ofQ fever will be ‘’amplified’’ if a proposed abbatoir is allowed to go ahead.
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Save Rose Valley and Werri Lagoon group member Debra Sandy said along with a range of environmental concerns about the proposal –which goes before council next week –residents were also concerned about potential health risks.

Q fever is a potentially debilitating disease normally spread to humans byinfected animals. Humans usually get infected by inhaling bacteria-carrying dust contaminated by animal urine, faeces or birth products.

According to NSW Health abbatoir and meat workers are among the ‘at risk’ groups.

Several cases ofQ fever have been confirmed within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District this year, with 190 cases across NSW.

Mrs Sandy said in 2013 Kiama Council rejecteda DA for the construction of an abbatoir on a Rose Valley Road property, determiningthe use was prohibited.

A subsequent planning proposal, by applicants Gerhard and Maria Baden of Schottlanders Wagyu, includes an abbatoir and a 60-seat, licenced revolving restaurant.

Kiama councillors sent theplanning proposal for “additional permitted” uses at the property tothe Department of Planning and Environment for a Gateway Determination, which they permitted in August.

A period of public consultation followed, and Kiama council willmake the final determination on Tuesday, after a public access meeting on Monday. If passed, the applicants would be required to submit a DA to council.

‘’We’re not against abbatoirs –they have to exist if people want to eat meat,’’ Mrs Sandy said.

‘’However they are a complicated business, and we have a range of concerns about this proposal’s impact on the environment, and potential impact on human health.

‘’We believe the risk of Q fever will be amplified by the existence of an abbatoir –and are concerned about the risk to the region’s population, which includes many elderly residents with chronic illness.’’

However in council papers, advice was provided byDr John House, of the University of Sydney who concluded:‘’the change in risk to human health posed by the proposed micro abattoir is minimal for all’’.

He said calving cows would represent the greatest risk for the infection –but animals entering the abattoir were typically not going to be pregnant, so were a ‘’lower-risk group’’.

Q fever is usually an immediate infection causing severe flu-like symptoms,but it can sometimes lead to a chronic, long-termillness affecting the heart and liver.

Antibiotics effectively treat the disease, however there is a vaccine available for high-risk groups.

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Hospital staff concerned for patient safety

File picA staffing changein Bendigo Health’soperating theatres will result in “grossly inadequate” numbers of trained anaesthesia nurses and put patient safety at risk, specialists believe.
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From Monday, the hospital’s highly trained anaesthesia assistants will be replaced with anaesthesia nurses with less experience.

The situation islikely tocausesignificant disruption to elective operating theatre listsand an inability to provide safe after-hours emergency surgical services, leaders of Bendigo’s anaesthetic craft-grouphave warned the Bendigo Health management and board.

“Whilstthe Department of Anaesthesia supports the move from a medical technician-assistant model to a nurse-assistant model, we are concerned with the rapidity in progression proposed by management,” written correspondence states.

Theysuggested a gradualtransitionto the new model. A former department director has called the situation dangerous.

“In a real critical situation, you want people who know their job backwards,” they said.

“These people are unfamiliar with the surroundings and a lot of them aren’t properly trained.”

The anaesthesia assistantswill be demoted to theatre technicians, a role with limitedpatient care.

Theyhave been working alongsideanaesthetists to ensure patient safety during surgeries for years and havemore than 100 years of collective experience.

“It is inexplicable why the nursing-led operating theatre management has deemed it necessary to replace this valuable workforce,” the correspondence reads.

Leaders of theanaesthetic craft-groupare also concerned about whether Bendigo Health will have enough trained and experienced staffers to expand surgical services into thenew hospital.

“Failed attempts to recruit anaesthesia nurses to adequately staff the operating theatre has resulted in reliance upon supplementary anaesthetic nurses supplied ad hoc by agency providers,” written correspondence states.

Bendigo Health looked to London and New Zealand for experienced theatre nurses, UK theatre scrubs and scouts and anaesthesia nurses.

Interviews were scheduled for late November and early December. The new hospital is due to open on January 24.

The former department directorsaida stafferhad been reported for harassment afterraisingconcerns with management.

“It’s costing Bendigo Healththousands of dollars to follow through with this policy,” theysaid.

“The two main issues are safety, and waste of money. Why are they doing this?”

Bendigo Health acute health executive director Robyn Lindsay said there would be no compromise to safety.

She said Bendigo Health decided to alter the workforce profile in the operating theatres “to improve the model of care” by providing a more flexible workforce.

“This will also bring Bendigo into line with the organisational practices of the other hospitals throughout Victoria,” she said.

Bendigo Healthhasbeen working towards the transition for more than 18 months.

“We understand that this change, like many changes, has an impact on the entire workforce in the department,” Ms Lindsay said.

“We have actively supported the staffing group and have an employee assistance program available which provides confidential support 24 hours a day.

“Bendigo Health is confident that we have the systems, training and support to transition the anaesthetic technicians into their new roles and is pleased they have all chosen to continue working in the department.”

A spokesperson for Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said they had been advised that Bendigo Health hadmet all requirements under the relevant enterprise agreement regarding the restructure of its anaesthetic technicians, including consultation with the unions, “who have not raised concerns to the changes”.

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Visitors get the points

North Nowra Cambewarra’s Aidan Woods has one of the best bowling action in the junior grades.IT was a case of the visiting teams taking the points in the latest round of the Shoalhaven District Junior Cricket Association’s under 14s competition with the home sides struggling.
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Ulladulla United Golds enjoyed its visit to Zealand Oval Number Two by defeating Berry Shoalhaven Heads in convincing fashion.

The Golds made 5/188 in its innings and the home side struggled with the bat and was only able to make 6/96.

Alex Baccarini was the main man with the bat for Ulladulla with a brilliant 47 runs which included a powerful six boundaries.

Benjamin Ebzery 27 runs with four boundaries, Jake Town 22 runs with three fours and a six and Riley Jarrett 26 runs with two boundaries all hit top form for Ulladulla.

Charlton Lans with three wickets and Saxon Hilkemeijer with two wickets led the way with the ball for Berry.

Berry openers Ben Lans and Logan Cosgrove, with two strong batting efforts, did everything in their power to get Berry home.

Ben made 36 runs with four boundaries and Logan scored 21 runs.

United’s Jayden Perry was his team’s leading bowler and his two wickets only cost two runs.

Batemans Bay v Ulladulla United Blues

It was a low scoring thriller down at Surfside Main Two when Batemans Bay played host to the Ulladulla United Blues.

The Bay batted first and could only make 46 runs and the Blues also struggled with the bat but its 5/48 was just enough to get it victory.

Stuart Megee 16 runs and Joshua Vanzetti 12 runs battled hard with the bat for the Bay.

Drew Ramsden and Dal Hall lead the way with the ball for the Blues with two wickets apiece.

Drew then went out in the middle to guide the Blues home with an unbeaten 15 runs.

Grace Blackmore captured two wickets for the home side.

North Nowra Cambewarra Blues v North Nowra Cambewarra Maroons

North Nowra Cambewarra Maroons, with a few overs to spare, managed to overcome club-mates North Nowra Cambewarra Blues at Bernie Regan Number One.

The Blues batted first and produced a steady effort with the bat to reach 5/80 and in reply the Maroons made 2/81.

Riley Sims top scored for the Blues with 11 runs and Marley Arthur with 10 runs was not far behind.

Cameron Murray was the star with the ball for the Maroons and he captured an impressive four wickets.

Unbeaten knocks from Jack Walsh 19 runs, Jack Sweet 16 runs and Jaydon Sinnamon got the Maroons past the post.

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The unconquered ant

America’s reality: The Red Imported Fire Ant arrived in Texas in the 1930s, where it costs the state $1 billion per year in treatment and control. In Australia the ant is still being contained under a 14-year eradication program.Picture an Australia where you can no longerkick thefooty around at the oval.
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Where you can’t have a family picnic in the park.

An Australia where cane toads, rabbits andfoxesbecome minor pests.

If a 14-year eradication program does not succeed, the Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) could become a reality in Australia.

A native of South America, the fire ant is a tiny creature, just 2-6 millimetres in length, but the level of impact it has on industry, social life and agriculture cannot be underestimated.

One fire ant nest holds between200,000 to 400,000 workers, andthere can be up to 400 nests per hectare.

The fire ant isan aggressive, relentless coloniser: when threatened it will swarm andsting repeatedly, triggering painful white pustules across the skin.

Fire ants can work in highly coordinated ‘super colonies’ to take down young livestock,, kill vulnerable animals andconsume crops.

Around 100 human deaths have been attributed to anaphylactic shock from fire ant bitesin the United States since the ant’s arrival in the 1930s –an invasion that coststhe US economy an estimated $7 billion a year.

In 2001, the fire ant was detected in Brisbane for the first time,triggering a quarantine process and the establishment of the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication scheme.

Eradication tactics include baits, directly injecting poisons into fire ant mounds, and even sniffer dogs.

The cost of the program, spearheaded by Biosecurity Queensland,is shared betweenthe states and territories and the Commonwealth.Tasmania has contributed $3.7 million to the effort.

Since the 2001 infestation,fire ants have been successfully contained or eradicatedacross south-east Queensland and northern NSW, including Sydney’s Port Botany, Queensland’sPort of Gladstone, and Yarwun, an hour south of Rockhampton.

However, if the ants become a confirmed national pest, the impact on the Australian economy is estimated to be between $8.5to $45 billionover 20 to 70 years.

In December 2014, the Agricultural Ministers’ Forum commissioned an independent review of the $328million fire ant eradication program.

The Independent Review Panel submitted their report this year: in December, The Greens Senator Janet Rice successfully passed a motion to force theclosely-guarded report to table in the Senate.

The panel’s report emphaticallyconcludedthat it was both “technically feasible” andin the “national interest” to eradicate fire ants at a projected 25:1 benefit-cost ratio.

“The Review Panel believes that this stated value actually underestimates the true national benefits from the eradication of RIFA,” the report says.

But there’s a problem: the report states that “the current budget provided to the [south-east Queensland] program is insufficient to achieve eradication”. The window for defeating the fire ant is closing fast.

A treatment and surveillance budget of $38 million a year for up to 10 years would produce a 95 per cent chance of complete eradication of the ant –but the long-term commitment to that funding is still uncertain.

“One of the greatest challenges of this long-term eradication program has been the absence of a secure funding window, which has constrained the south-east Queensland program in the areas of long-term planning, achieving cost efficiencies …and difficulties in retaining specialist staff,” the report says.

Another reportpublished in October by Biosecurity Queensland science manager F. Ross Wylie and principal policy officer Sharon Janssen-Mayasked‘what if we lose the war?’

The answer is bleak.

“In 2016 the programme is at a crossroads,” Wylie and Janssen-May write.

“Red Imported Fire Ant is not just another invasive, it is a ‘super pest’ whose impacts, if unchecked, will surpass the combined effects of many of the pests we currently regard as Australia’s worst invasive animals.”

They note apart from projected agricultural and economic impacts, one of the greatest likely impacts is to human health.

The reactions to a sting can be minor pain through to fatal anaphylactic shock. Most deaths are attributed to just five stings or fewer.

Gardening, walking the dog, bushwalking –if eradication failed, all our daily outdoor activities would be tinged withanxiety.

Different studies have reported that of an entire population living within an infested zone, between 30 to 90 per cent of people will be stung each year.

“This means that were the ant to spread, approximately seven million [Australians] would be stung, and 71,100 may require medical attention for stings each year,” Wylie and Janssen-May conclude.

Biosecurity Queensland reportSolenopsisInvicta.

Invicta is Latin for ‘unconquered’. Perhaps Australia can prove that name wrong.

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Matthew McCamley to lead ABBA

Central Queensland cattleman Matthew McCamley has been elected the 21st President of the Australian Brahman Breeders’ Association.
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The Australian Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) Council has elected Central Queensland cattleman Matthew McCamley as the 21st President of the association.

Mr McCamley operates Lancefield M Brahman stud, Eulogie, Dululu, and follows in the footsteps of his late father Jeff who was an ABBA Life Member and President from 1987 to 1989.

He has been a member of the ABBA Council since 2008, holding the junior and senior vice president roles as well as being a member of the technical committee.

The incoming President paid tribute to his predecessor, Shane Bishop, who stepped down after completing a three-year term.

“Shane’s leadership, particularly during the planning and implementation of this year’s highly successful World Brahman Congress, has contributed greatly to the standing of the Australian Brahman industry both here and internationally,” Mr McCamley said.

“I’d also like to thank my fellow Councillors for their efforts and look forward to working with them during such an exciting time for the breed.”

This year Brahmans became the first cattle breed in the world to introduce a Single Step method of integrating genomics into its BREEDPLAN multi trait analysis which will contribute to increasing accuracy of selection, particularly for hard to measure traits.

“While Brahmans continue to go from strength the strength because of their inbuilt adaptability and suitability across a range of markets, our close association with the research industry paints an even brighter future for the breed in the years ahead,” Mr McCamley said.

The ABBA Council elections, held in December, elected Wendy Cole, Kenrol Brahman stud, Matcham, Gracemere, as the senior vice president and welcomed Reade Radel, Kandoona Brahman stud, Yebna, Injune, as junior vice president. Long serving treasurer Brett Coombe, Roxborough Brahman Stud, Moura, will continue in that role.

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Taree West poised to grab outright win in Manning first grade cricket

More runs for Taree West’s Josh Meldrum, who made 135 last Saturday against Old Bar last Saturday.TAREE West captain Ben Marron will have no hesitation in enforcing the follow on should Old Bar fail to make the 120 mark in tomorrow’s Manning first grade cricket clash at the Johnny Martin Oval.
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Old Bar resume at 4/59 chasing 309.

“We don’t want to bat again,’’ Marron said.

“If we can get them for less than 120 they’ll still have to get another 180 for us to bat, so that’ll be the plan. I’ll enforce the follow on for sure.”

Should Taree West win outright and Wingham get the first innings decision over United, Taree West will go close to lead frogging United on the ladder.

“But I think United will beat Wingham,’’ Marron said.

“If that’s the case then we’ll just have to get into Wingham after Christmas.’’

However, he added that Old Bar’s Ben Cole can present a danger to Taree West, even though it does look like a mission impossible for the Seasiders.

“We’ve got Tim and Dave Rees out as well as Sam Mudford so that’s most of their batting, although Ben Cole can be a worry.’’

Mudford was dismissed just before stumps on the opening day.

Josh Meldrum had a field day with the bat last Saturday when blasting a century.

He will now have a turn with the ball, his off-spinners have already taken six wickets this season. Sean Carr, Paul Cox and Brian Levi will also be relishing the opportunity to bowl against Old Bar.

Cole has to fire for Old BarBEN Cole is Old Bar’s main hope of scoring an improbable win over Taree West when the Manning first grade cricket clash resumes tomorrow at Johnny Martin Oval.

The Seasiders are 4/59, chasing Taree West’s hefty 9/309 scored last week. Cole and skipper Luke Polson will face the bowling tomorrow.

Polson missed last week’s carnage and he admits Old Bar faces a struggle to save the match. With Taree West now striking form and edging closer to the top two, Polson agreed his team faces a battle to be involved in the playoffs next March. The leading three teams will play in the finals.

However, he said Old Bar still has plenty to play for.

“When you look at our side, our average age would probably be 12 years younger than the other teams,’’ Polson, who is only 19,said.

“It was always going to be a steep learning curve for some of the younger players.’’

Polsonsaid inexperience has been Old Bar’s major problem but he believes the side is adapting to first grade cricket. A number of Old Bar’s players were in under 16s last season.

“We want to keep enjoying our cricket and see what happens from there.’’

United holds the advantageTHE real possibility that Taree West will outright Old Bar in the Manning first grade cricket clash will provide further incentive for United to down Wingham on the first innings in the clash at Chatham Park.

“Taree West will probably get the outright so if we’re beaten by Wingham that’ll bring them closer to us,’’ United captain Ricky Campbell said.

However, Campbell is confident his batsmen can cash in on the platform his bowlers provided last week when dismissing Wingham for 176, whereJackson Witt recorded a five wicket haul. United resumeat 2/46 after being precariously placed at 2/7 at one stage.

Matt Kennewell has 23 against his name and Campbell said he looks in good nick while Tom Burley has played his role as night watchman. He added that Murray McCartney usually thrives in these situations,while United has plenty of depth in their batting.Campbell believes negotiating Ryan Williams’ opening spell will be pivotal. Williams already has 2/13.

“If we can get through his first six or seven overs without losing too many wickets then we’ll be looking pretty good,’’ he said.

Williams the keyWINGHAM captain Matt Essery believes opening bowler Ryan Williams is the player who can swing tomorrow’s clash against United in his team’s favour.

Essery concedes United have their head in front in the top-of-the-table clash. United resume at 2/46 chasing Wingham’s 176.Wingham slumped to be 3/12 at one stage before staging a fightback led by Josh Davis and Mick Stinson.

“We’re about 70 runs short of where we should be,’’ Essery added.

“But it is what is is. We have to defend 176 now.’’

Essery said Williams has been the form bowler of the season and he’s already dismissed the dangerous Josh Ferris.

“There’s talk of a bit of rain being around at the end of the week and that could put a bit of juice back into the wicket to assist Ryan,’’ Essery said.

“Mick Stinson could also be hard to handle if he hits the seam and gets the ball to move around a bit.’’

Essery said United have plenty of batting, withRicky Campbell, Murray McCartney and Danial Stone still in the sheds.

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