A SIX-wicket haul from ex-NSW speedster Mark Cameron led Merewether to a remarkable victory over Newcastle City today at Townson Oval.
Sent in on a sticky wicket, the Newcastle district cricket premiers were torn apart in the 50-over match by Sabres seamer Rhys Gallen.
Gallen finished with the amazing figures of 6-6 off nine overs to have the Lions 7-20 off 18 overs.
But a rearguard fightback from veteran Tim O’Neill (33 not out), in his first match back since the two-day final last summer, carried the Lions to 67.
Cameron then tormented an inexperienced City batting order to take 6-10 off nine overs, including the match-winner that yorked tail-ender Wayne Nichols.
The Sabres were dismissed for 53 in 25 overs.
At Lynn Oval, competition leaders Hamilton-Wickham ended Stockton-Raymond Terrace’s unbeaten start to the season with a four-wicket win.
Joe Clarke made 54 for Stockton to take the Seagulls to 9-177 from 50 overs. Yet again Sam Webber was the destroyer for Hamwicks (6-178), belting six sixes and nine boundaries on the way to 86 not out.
Cardiff-Boolaroo won their first match since March 2011 when they defeated Toronto Workers at Cardiff Oval.
The CBs made 133, led by Joe Wenta (30) and Ray Cooper (34) and then restricted the Kookaburras to 113.
Seamers Matt Willett and English import Tom Jewell both took three wickets each for Cardiff.
University (3-54) claimed two bonus points as they flogged Belmont (51) at No.1 Sportsground.
Uni’s Michael Radnidge (4-2 off 3.5 overs) and Rob Carter (4-31 off 10 overs) did the damage.
In reply the Sea Dragons chased down the total in 7.4 overs.