Great Lakes just fall short

Saturday saw the clash of the two Manning C-grade cricket batting powerhouses, with Taree West just sneaking past the Great Lakes total for a gut wrenching loss.

Taree won the toss and sent Lakes into bat.

Scott Orchard and James McBride put on a 108 run opening partnership before James was bowled for 32.

Scott powered on to reach 82 before he was lured into the wrong shot.

Both Matt Watters and Brad Solway added 11 runs each before the final not out batsman Allan May 27 and Matt Solway 21 round out the innings at 4/209 off 40 overs.

Taree West came out to bat and the openers made every effort to match Lakes before Allan May picked up the first wicket.

His bowling partner Nick Montague bagged four wickets for 23 off five overs bowling his spinning dart balls keeping Lakes right in the contest.

James Mcbride picked up two catches for the match in a game where the catching from Lakes wasn’t the best it could be.

Matt Watters bowled 1/40 off his eight overs and took and absolute screamer of a catch just five metres  from the bat when Taree captain Chris Hollis smashed the ball straight at him.

With cat like reflexes Matt stuck the hand out and the balls stayed there getting Hollis for no score.

Lakes were looking good, and better was still to come.

The big hitting Brian Smitzer came to the crease and Lleyton Blissett cleaned bowled him for a duck.

Lleyton finished with a miserly 1/18 off six overs.

Taree had only three batsman left to score 42 runs off six overs.

The battle was tight with Blissett and Watters tying them down before these two stubbornly withstood everything Lakes had to throw at them.

With eight balls left in the match Taree got the runs to close out the match at 8/211 off 39 overs.

Next week Lakes make the trip down the highway to Bulahdelah Showground to play the southerners in their first back into the Manning competition.

Results have shown Bulahdelah are a good all round batting and bowling team with Allen and Syron the key players to watch.