Port Macquarie Pirates have outlasted the Port City Leagues Magpies in the Hastings River District Cricket Association first grade match over the weekend.
Bowlers enjoyed the run of the pitch with Port Pirates opening batsman Scott Marchant dismissed first ball of the game at Wayne Richards Oval on Saturday, January 11.
"It was a good all round effort and it was good to see the bowlers getting the benefit of pitch," said umpire Paul Raynor.
"It was popping with bounce and not a real true deck. You could put a ball down in the same spot, same bowler and same speed but one would go at the batsmans chin or at his waist.
"Anyone who applied themselves as a bowler was rewarded with very good results.
"Pirates lost a wicket first ball of the match after Scott Marchant chipped it up and was caught basically in the covers."
Despite losing the toss and one of their openers, the Pirates set themselves up nicely at nine wickets for 150 runs in the close of the first innings.
The Magpies matched them run for run during the game but would eventually fall 20 runs short in the 36 over.
"At drinks both teams were within a few runs of each other, although the Magpies had lost a few wickets by that point," said Mr Raynor.
"It was a great game and very entertaining. The conditions were nice and cool for cricket over the weekend.
"Considering the Wayne Richards was definitely bowler friendly on the day it was an achievement to get 150 and 130 runs on that deck by both teams."
In the other first grade matches, Beechwood (68 runs) were defeated by Bonny Hills Lake Cathie (69 runs) at Andrews Park on Saturday, January 11.
Macquarie Hotel Cricket Club made 93 runs from two wickets to defeat Comboyne Kendall Cricket Club at Laurieton Oval on the same day.
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