Charlestown seconds lose cliffhanger
Cricket is a cruel game at times.
None more so than the case of Charlestown second grade which lost Sunday’s final to Merewether by a lousy two runs after being undefeated all season in the Newcastle District cricket competition.
At the end of 14 rounds, Charlestown finished on 95 points, 33 clear of third placed Merewether, but that counted for little in the final which turned out to be a cliffhanger.
Play in the scheduled two-day fixture was abandoned on Saturday and reverted to a 40-over contest on Sunday with a drying wicket and heavy outfield at Kahibah Oval.
Sent in to bat after a week of heavy rainfall in the region, the underdogs fought tenaciously to reach 6-132 from their 40 overs with opener David Celep hitting a match winning score of 45, defying the Magpies attack after any early collapse saw his side slump to 3-34.
Solid contributions from Steven Baker, Courtney Moulton and Chad Mayo saw the total gradually grow to something that looked respectable, and would offer Charlestown plenty of hard work to run down.
It did just that. The Magpies were in trouble early at 3-17, but rallied, and at 8-130 were within three runs of a premiership and Todd Disney unbeaten on 35 at one end. Unfortunately for the Magpies, Daniel Standing fell for 5 and Steve Threadgold was sent packing LBW for a duck as Merewether celebrated a hard earned final victory.
Merewether 6-132 (David Celep 45, Steven Baker 25, Courtney Moulton not out 23, Chad Mayo 19, Steve Threadgold 3-33) defeated Charlestown 130 (Todd Disney not out 35, Adam Winchester 32, Jonathon Dunn 4-14, Harrison Colbert 2-17, Sam Holding 2-33).
Magpies claim lower grades
Charlestown Magpies were unluckily edged out of a finals place in first grade and missed out by a whisker on winning the second grade final, but their two lower grade minor premiers, third and fourth grade, made no mistakes in their finals at the weekend.
The Magpies batted Newcastle City out of the contest in third grade at Harker Oval.
Sent in to bat, Charlestown was 2-9 early, but recovered to compile a substantial total of 9-247 declared, with a fine Andrew Saville knock of 84, laying a sound platform for his fellow batsmen.
Charlestown 9-247 declared (Andrew Saville 84, Lee Davis 55, Ian Baggs 42, Joshua Hardy 20, Edward Brentnall 3-58, Mitchell Gray 2-45, Mike Renkert 2-49, Aidan Cahill 2-42) defeated Newcastle City 162 (Angus McTaggart 46, Cooper Southam 29, Grant Case 20, Zach Mace 3-29, Connor Pobjie 3-31, Sam Winpenny 3-51).
Set 125 to win by Stockton/Raymond Terrace, Charlestown slumped to 4-52 before a Cooper Sutton half century and good contributions from Nicholas Standing and Aiden Moore carried them to victory in fourth grade.
Stockton/Raymond Terrace 124 (Joseph Hadden 3-11, Jacob Richardson 2-8, Andrew Standing 2-17) defeated by Charlestown 6-130 (Cooper Southam not out 52, Nicholas Standing not out 21, Aiden Moore 29).