KAREN Carter Chemist looks to have a mortage on one McDonald’s Gunnedah Twenty20 finals spot after chalking up its third win on Friday night.
It did it comfortably against Gunnedah Timbers, and with a full round completed they lead the competition on 18 points.
Gunnedah Timbers, Lakeford Real Estate and Tamba Industrial are all jostling behind the leader on one win.
Tamba’s win came on Friday night.
They batted first against Lakeford in the first game and made 6-123.
Ben Edwards and skipper Troy Sands were the main contributors to that.
Edwards was solid at the top, top-scoring with 39.
He was the last wicket to fall and shared a 28-run stand with Sands, who went on to finish unbeaten on 21.
Dave Richards (3-24) and Andrew Darley (2-36) did most of the damage.
Darley then almost got Lakeford home but was run-out for seven with three balls remaining.
They were five runs shy of victory at the time and ended up all out for 119.
Blake Small was the main reason they got so close hitting 26.
Mick Densley also chipped in with 15, Luke Ayres 14 and Eddie McGuirk 12.
Josh Smith and Wade Ryan both snagged three wickets and between them claimed the last five wickets, aside from the runout.
Jordy Ford then lifted Karen Carter to 130.
He batted brilliantly at the top smacking 47.
Vinnie Winsor was hard to get away and easily the pick of the Gunnedah Timbers bowlers with 3-12.
Issac Merlehan also chimed in with 2-19.
Gunnedah Timbers struggled from the outset in reply. They were 1-0, 2-13 and then 5-41.
It didn’t get a lot better from there with Luke Barton (17) and Mitch Swain (13) the only batsmen to reach double figures as they scrambled to 75.
Skipper Farran Lamb had Gunnedah Timbers backpeddling with his two overs claiming 2-2.
Andrew George also grabbed 2-9 and Jordan Lumby 3-13.
TABLE: Karen Carter 18, Gunnedah Timbers 8, Lakeford Real Estate 8, Tamba Industrial 8.