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.
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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