PORT Macquarie Pirates’ teenager Ethan Covetz will fondly remember his first senior game of cricket.
The 13-year-old made his first grade debut in Pirates’ 63-run win over Wauchope RSL at Sancrox Reserve on Saturday.
It didn’t start out so well for the young quick who had 0-21 off his first two overs before an impressive second spell of 5-11 off three overs handed him final figures of 5-32.
Pirates compiled an impressive 7-205 off their 40 overs with middle-order batsman Joe Lewis (37 not out) helping to fly the flag for the teenagers.
Wauchope were finally bowled out for 142 in the 32nd over with the win consolidating Pirates’ position in the top four.
In other first grade matches, Port City Leagues Magpies snuck home by one wicket when they chased down Macquarie Hotel’s 9-179 in the 39th over.
Ben Hutchins (36) led the way in the Magpies chase alongside Jack Williams (33).
Meanwhile, rounds one and two of the Premier Cricket League T20 competition was played on the weekend.
The standout player of the Premier League, Wingham all-rounder Michael Rees again showed his talents with scores of 27 and 68 (off 31 balls with 4 x 4 and 5 x 6).
He also took 4-16 and 2-23.
At Johnny Martin Oval, Wauchope batted first against Taree West with Aaron Hagenbach topscoring with 20 in a total of 9/102.
Josh Meldrum and Jamil Ahmed both took 2-16. Taree West scored the runs with 5-103 in the 17th over.
Ryan Williams scored 42 and Angus Gregory 37 which took the team to the win while Tony Brown had 2-19 and Aaron Hagenbach 2-24.
Wingham and Wauchope then played a run-fest with Wingham making 5-211.
Rees ran amok making 68 and was assisted by Ben Cole with 53 from 32 and Hayden Essery with 46 from 29.
Wauchope went hard and finished with 8-156. Nathon Lyon and Bailey Smith both made 29 to lead the way.
In Port Macquarie Port City Leagues Magpies batted first playing Macquarie.
They were in early trouble at 5-13 after Luke Boxhall opened the game with a double wicket maiden. Tim Harris battled hard with 36 to have the team total at 83.
Chris Cole took four wickets and Josh Hyde three. Macquarie were untroubled in making 0-85 with Chris Cole and Luke Boxhall both making 41 not out.
At Oxley Oval Macquarie won on a forfeit by Rovers.
Wingham showed they have the team to defeat anyone in The McDonalds Premier League, but, as we all know, in T20 anyone can win any game.
The competition continues next Friday and Saturday.
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