Bird brilliance puts Charlestown on back foot

INDIVIDUAL heroics from University all-rounder Luke Bird has Charlestown on the ropes in their two-day Newcastle District cricket clash.

At stumps today University are 0-16 in their second innings with a lead of 86 after Charlestown were rolled for 62.

The home side won the toss and batted at University Oval and were 5-72 before lunch, until Bird made 42 batting at No.8 to lift Uni to 136.

The left-armer then cut through the fragile Charlestown batting order with 4-26 off 10 overs. 

Waratah-Mayfield’s batting order finally fired with Englishman Luke Blackaby making 102 in his side’s 8-288 against Stockton-Raymond Terrace at Lynn Oval.

Tahs’ veteran Simon Porter made a solid 41 after being promoted from second grade to cover a host of injuries.

Eight bowlers were used by Stockton, with only skipper Nick Foster (3-107) enjoying any success.

A swash-buckling 72 not out off 70 balls at the death by Mark Cameron catapulted Merewether to 373 against Wallsend at Townson Oval.

The Lions smashed 73 off the final 10 overs after Pat Darwen (71 off 89 balls) and opener Jono Dunn (53) laid the foundations.

Wallsend skipper Brett Jackson was the best of the bowlers with 4-56 off 14.4 overs.

Hamilton-Wickham (252) skipper Kirk Mullard rescued his side with 49 after the competition leaders were 7-171 at tea against Belmont at No.1 Sportsground.

Earlier, Josh Trappel (49) and Matt Webber (44) made starts but fell to wicketkeeper-cum-seamer Marcus Hainsworth (2-18).

Cardiff-Boolaroo (7-148) kept their moment flowing with first innings points secure against Toronto Workers (94) at Ron Hill Oval.

At Harker Oval, Western Suburbs (2-103) are in control against cellar-dwellers Newcastle City (181).

English brothers Edward (43) and Richard Wharton (32) gave City some backbone against quality bowling from Scott Sharma (3-27) and Ben Woolmer (3-33).

Woolmer further enforced Wests’ dominance with a quick-fire 53.

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