Wingello s first grade players celebrate a wicket on Saturday at Bradman Oval. Photo by Mindy HindmarshCRICKET
THE three Pike brothers led Wingello’s first grade side to victory on Saturday.
Cam and Matt Pike both posted half centuries while captain Grant Pike also impressed as Wingello recorded a win against East Bowral.
Wingello’s win on first innings points in the two-day game kept its finals hopes alive.
Play resumed on Saturday at Bradman Oval with Wingello 2/41 in pursuit of East Bowral’s total of 243 runs.
Cam Pike led the way with 65 and he was well supported by his brother Grant (29).
Lower order batsman Matt Pike (50no) guided the ship and batted well with Wingello’s tail.
Wingello passed its opponent’s total in the 56th over for the loss of nine wickets, with Grant Pike declaring at 9/246.
Zac Moran was the pick of East Bowral’s attack with 3/48 from 14.5 overs, while Ian Macdonald took 3/44 off 11 overs.
Pike said Wingello’s top seven batsmen made starts at the crease, but it was his brother Matt who impressed most.
“Matt farmed the strike and batted sensibly,” he said.
East Bowral batted for the remainder of the day and finished on 5/115 from 21 overs.
Moran top scored with 41 and young guns Charlie Dummer (20) and Tom Ewan (18) were next best for the home side.
Rod Eirth and Andrew Benson collected two wickets apiece for Wingello.
Grant Pike said Wingello would now wait to find out if it had secured a finals berth.
Bowral and Wingello both finished in fourth place on the ladder, with the position to be decided on for and against.
“It got a lot closer than it should have (on Saturday), but a win’s a win,” Pike said.
“We gave ourselves a good chance (of making finals).
“We had to win and we did that.”
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