By Casey O'Connor
Wanderers continued their impressive start to the 2018/19 cricket season last weekend. After a win over South’s in the previous fixture Wanderers scored an emphatic win against Tenterfield last weekend.
Playing on the CF White Oval, Wanderers won the toss and elected to bat. It proved to be a good option however Tenterfield did make a good start with the ball.
Geoff Swan removed Wanderers opener Chris Williams cheaply and a few balls later his opening partner Mitch Drayton was dismissed by Shaun Merchant and the score was 2/14 midway through just the third over.
Unfortunately for Tenterfield supporters their joy was short lived as the loss of those wickets brought Jamie Carnell and Brock Patti to the wicket.
Carnell anchored the innings scoring a superb knock of 115 and along the way combined for some handy partnerships with Brock Patti (29) Andrew Einam and Tim Harslett (33).
When Alan Donges finally claimed Carnell’s wicket the score was 5/241. The innings included 10 boundaries and three sixes. At the close of the innings Wanderers had set Tenterfield a mammoth run chase of 291.
Tenterfield bowlers Merchant, Savins and Fowler each took two wickets. Merchant also took two catches.
The run chase always looked a mountain too high for the Tenterfield batting line up however in a gritty performance they turned in their best performance by far this season.
Opener Nick Savins found himself back in the clubhouse after only a couple of overs with the core at 1/5. Veteran Alan Donges (23) showed all of his experience trying to guide the side out of trouble but when he was caught by Mitch Drayton off the bowling of Chris Williams after 10 overs and with the score at 2/50. Danny Potter top scored with 39 and Shaun Merchant’s 28 was handy but Tenterfield failed to build solid partnerships.
The Wanderers bowling attack proved too strong and their opponents were all out for 139 in the 31st over.
Eddie Filmer (3/27 from six overs) and Chris Williams (3/45 from eight) shared the bowling honours.
The win puts Wanderers in second spot on the ladder with 10n points. They will be looking to cement second spot this weekend with a win over Valleys.