Rain favours Charlestown and Wallsend
While the rain came down and washed out four games in the Newcastle District Cricket first grade competition at the weekend, the other two matches sees Charlestown and Wallsend on course to pick up outright points.
The Magpies, currently sitting in equal third spot, have the chance to add maximum points and take a clear break on their nearest rivals.
Coming on the back of an outright defeat themselves in round 11, Wallsend bounced back to have bottom placed Cardiff/Boolaroo on the ropes after bowling and batting superbly on Saturday.
Magpies big gun back in town
Charlestown’s big Sri Lankan all-rounder Saliya Saman is back on deck after a short sojourn to his home country and there is a buzz around the Magpies camp as the finals approach.
Saman captured 4-4 with 10 overs of medium pace and was not out 50 in the Magpies first innings as they knocked over Waratah/Mayfield for 101 and piled on a quickfire 2-146 at Kahibah Oval to have outright points in their sights.
While he has been absent, Charlestown have remained highly competitive on the back of the steady leadership of Steve Mace and some brilliant individual performances by several outstanding youngsters, blooded into the top grade this season.
Now that Saman is back, the Magpies have a real spring in their step, with just two more rounds remaining before the semi-finals.
Waratah/Mayfield 101 (Aron Tisher 40, Scott Mackenzie 26, Saliya Saman 4-4, Glenn Winsor 3-30, Parth Shah 2-21) and 1-12 versus Charlestown 2-146 declared (Saliya Saman not out 50, Jed Dickson not out 47, Daniel Arms 31).
Wallsend hit back
As they say, it’s not far from the basement to the penthouse. Wallsend did just that on Saturday, turning a debacle from the previous weekend into a probably outright victory on their home ground, George Farley Oval.
Wallsend’s skipper won the toss and sent the visiting team into bat. It took no time at all for their bowling attack to remove Cardiff/Boolaroo for a disappointing 50, with Kyle Bray 3-10 and Nathan Price and Matthew Wickets, two wickets apiece, sharing the spoils.
When it come their turn at the crease, Wallsend was devastating, with Jacob Montgomery hitting a stylish century and Price a powerhouse 90 as the home side racked up 7-291 declared.
Cardiff/Boolaroo was marginally better the second time around, going to stumps at 5-38, staring an outright defeat square in the face.
Cardiff/Boolaroo 50 (Kyle Bray 3-10, Nathan Price 2-10, Matthew Wicks 2-7) and 5-38 (Matthew Wicks 3-23 and Nathan Price 2-7) versus Wallsend 7-291 declared (Jacob Montgomery 101, Nathan Price 90, Joseph Clarke 30, Anthony Young 30).