A DISTINCT top four has emerged in Newcastle District Cricket after University, Merewether and Western Suburbs all recorded outright victories today.
Newcastle City resumed at 2-57 against Uni in their second dig at No.1 Sportsground and were rolled for 129 to lose by an innings and four runs.
Newly selected NSW Country seamer Josh Bennett took 4-41 off 15 overs for Uni to add to his first-innings five-for.
Bennett finished with match figures of 9-59.
The outright victory pushed Uni into third place on 29 points.
Merewether (41 points) claimed back-to-back outright wins by beating Waratah-Mayfield at Waratah Oval.
The defending premiers are now within an outright win of runaway leaders Hamilton-Wickham (51).
Resuming at 1-180 in reply to Waratah’s 173, Merewether quickly built a lead of 150 runs before declaring at 5-323.
Pat Darwen finished with an unbeaten 91 off 75 balls and Jono Dunn made 81.
The Tahs' second innings began disastrously at 3-20 after two wickets from Sam Gilmour (3-28) and they never recovered to be dismissed for 68.
Wests’ (167 and 86) bowlers left Belmont’s (109 and 59) batting order in ruins at Cahill Oval as they won outright to move into the top four on 27 points.
Wests seamer Peter Lojszczyk (3-5) and leg-spinner Ben Woolmer (3-8) were virtually unplayable for an ordinary Belmont batting unit.
Only Jace Lawson (23) reached double figures for Belmont in the second innings.
At Wallsend Oval, Hamwicks (237) overcame a major scare from Wallsend (224), who looked to be cruising to victory at 6-213 until wicketkeeper Josh Forsyth was caught on the boundary for 54.
Hamwicks all-rounder Matt Webber took 4-43 off 16 overs.
Cardiff-Boolaroo made it two wins on the trot when they bowled out Stockton-Raymond Terrace for 176 in reply to their 8-323.
All-rounder Ray Cooper inspired the CBs’ win with 4-46 off 15 overs.
At Ron Hill Oval a damp wicket meant Charlestown had to wait until 5pm until they could start their chase of Toronto Workers’ 163.
Charlestown resumed at 3-111 and reached the target seven wickets down.