Newcastle District Cricket Association: Waratah-Mayfield, Merewether secure first-innings points on day onephotos

Cricket: Waratah, Merewether secure first-innings points on day one AIR TIME: Waratah-Mayfield’s Ben Sullivan on his way to figures of 3-26 against Stockton and Northern Districts at Waratah Oval on Saturday. The hosts have already claimed first innings points and lead by 44 runs with five wickets in hand. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

KNOCKED OVER: Stockton’s Terry Crittenden gets bowled.

IN CLOSE: Waratah’s Hamish MacQueen fielding at short leg.

TweetFacebook NDCA: Waratah v StocktonPictures by Jonathan CarrollWaratah-Mayfield and Merewether bothclaimed first-innings points on a rain-affected opening day of the last Newcastle District Cricket Association roundbefore Christmas.

Hosts and previously winless Waratah lead by 44 runs with five wickets in hand after they skittled Stockton and Northern Districts for 76 and finished5-120 on Saturday.

Waratah captain Scott Mackenzie (35) and Declan Owens (33) combined for a valuable 52-run, fourth-wicket partnership after Ben Sullivan (3-26) and Jono Twomey (3-22) did most of the damage with the ball. Stockton lost 7-12 to close their innings.

Merewether did a similar number onBelmont at Townson Oval, ending up 4-80 and one run in front at stumps after dismissing the visitors for 79.

Wet weather had halted the home side 28 short, but play resumedafter a delay.

All-rounder Zac McGuigan continued his good run of form for Merewether with 33 and 3-23.

Elsewhere midway throughround-nine encounters and Newcastle City opening bowlerSam O’Sullivan has taken 4-31 to leave reigning premiers Wests 5-71 in pursuit of the Sabres’ 168 at Harker Oval.

O’Sullivan got rid of Aaron Wivell (1), Ben Chew (5), Josh Emerton (20) and Andrew Shakespeare (0)while City skipper Jonty Major removed Joseph Price (16).

Alex Moor (16) and Wests leader James King (7) were the not out batsman following the 19 overs.

At KahibahOval and Matt Webber produced a captain’s knock for frontrunners Hamilton-Wickam, batting almost two hours at the top of the order for an unbeaten 42 against Charlestown.

Tom Locker Cup champions Hamwicks were 6-93 after 28.5 overs. Charlestown’sSashreeka Pussegolla had the best bowling return of 3-28 from 10.5 overs.

Toronto will resumeat 1-10 at Ron Hill Oval on day two chasing down Wallsend’s 181, which included a top score of 33 not out to Matt Lynch.

Brendon Charlton (3-51) and Dylan Robertson (3-63) split six wickets evenly between them for Toronto.

All home teams won the toss on Saturday and opted to bowl first.

In the final match there was no play at University No.1 between the Students and Cardiff-Boolaroo. The fixture will now be reduced to 90 overs this weekend.

LADDER: Hamwicks 39; University, Toronto 35; Wests 31; Cardiff, Charlestown, Merewether 30; Wallsend 21; Belmont 15; Stockton 14; City 13; Waratah 10.

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