THE race is once again on for top spot in the Mid North Coast Premier Cricket League following Macquarie Hotel’s upset win over Wingham at Wayne Richards Park on Saturday.
Macquarie’s 67-run win belied their lowly position on the table and kept their faint finals hopes flickering.
A lower-order 56-run partnership between Dylan Lewis and Brett Myers elevated Macquarie from a precarious 8-100 to a competitive 8-156.
Wingham were never in the hunt in the chase when Luke Boxhall (4-27 off eight overs) ripped through the top order to leave them 6-56 and the match was as good as over.
The competition leaders were eventually all out for 88.
Port Macquarie Pirates kept the pressure on Wingham and Wauchope RSL with a 49-run win over Nulla.
Jared Humphreys (37) and brother Ambrose (31) starred with the bat as Pirates compiled 140 before Paul Stait (4-23 off 4.1 overs) and Connor Cook (4-17 off eight) did the damage with the ball.
Nulla were all out for 91 in the 27th over.
At Oxley Oval, a sublime unbeaten century from Callan McKiernan (127 not out) steered his side to a four-wicket win over Port City Leagues Magpies.
Port City compiled a more than competitive 9-230 off their 40 overs with Tim Harris also scoring an impressive tonne.
Sean Minns scored 33 while Jackson Korn took an excellent 5-17 in a large total.
Rovers cruised to victory in the 33rd over with Josh Felton and Minns taking multiple wickets.
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