Newcastle District Cricket Association: City snap 10-game losing streak and claim first win of 2018

Cricket: Newcastle City’s first win of year delivers in confidence GLANCE: Newcastle City opening batsman Ahmed Badat in action for the Sabres last month. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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TweetFacebook Newcastle CityNewcastle City captain Jonty Major reckons it was as much about the natureof the performance as it was about the drought-breaking win itself that will provide hisyoung Sabres squad with a much-needed confidence boost for the rest of 2018-19.

City narrowly beat Belmont on Saturday to record their maiden victorythis season and the club’s first in the district’s top grade since leading the competition in December last year.

The 13-run triumph at No.1 Sportsground, successfully defending 163 on day two, snapped a 10-game losing streak across two summers and has provided Major’s team with a bit of hope.

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“It was a really good win and it was good to get the first one of the year,” Major said.

“It came down to the wire and we eventually came out on top. I think that will give the young boys confidence now for the rest of the year.

“Hopefully we can get on a bit of a run.”

Major, 24 of Cameron Park, said he is “enjoying” his first senior leadership position after almost a decade in the grades at City.

He had a season overseas for Kent side Whitstable with former English import Kai Appleby and has taken over from Jack Downing, who top scored with 56 last start but misses this two-day match against defending champions Wests at Harker Oval because of injury.

Despite being down Appleby and key all-rounder Dylan Hunter (Sydney club Randwick-Petersham), Major has been impressed with the efforts of City opening batsman Ahmed Badat, wicketkeeper Liam Whitehead and this week’s returning seamer Sam O’Sullivan.

“A couple of those youngerguys have been together for a couple of years now and their confidence is growing,” Major said.

Fourth-placed Wests, who have already defeated City thisseason with a bonus point in the opening one-dayer, get gloveman Andrew Shakespeare back in the first XI.

Elsewhere in round-nine fixtures from Saturday and Stockton will be out to back up their first victory of the season when they visit winless Waratah.Stockton are bolstered by the return of experienced duo Terry Crittenden and Sam Jenkinson while Waratah are without Newcastle representative Jonty Durrheim.

In-form frontrunners Hamilton-Wickham, who claimed the Tom Locker Cup on Sunday, travel to Kahibah Oval to meet Charlestown, who find themselves in a three-way share of fifth spot on the ladder.

Merewether and Cardiff are also in that mid-table logjam and they are up againstBelmont and University respectively over the next fortnight. The Colbert brothers, Merewether’s Harry and Belmont’s Clayton,will go head-to-head at Townson Oval while Jacob Maher has been recalled for Cardiff’s trip to University Oval.

Toronto, equal second with University on the overall standings, are unchanged at Ron Hill Oval and host aWallsend sidewelcoming the return ofJake Montgomery.

Play starts at 11am.

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