A BLAZING century from Josh Trappel yesterday has Hamilton-Wickham on track for a record fifth title in the SCG Country Cup.
Trappel pounded Tamworth for 153 at Passmore Oval as Hamwicks racked up an imposing 318 from their 50 overs, to which the visitors managed only 134 in reply.
In yesterday's other round-four match featuring Newcastle teams, three-time champions Merewether cruised to a four-wicket win against Wests at Townson Oval.
Merewether and Hamwicks subsequently advanced into the quarter-finals, which will be played on the Central Coast on December 27 and 28.
The final will be held at the SCG on February 3.
Yesterday's win against Tamworth, the 2008-09 and 2010-11 champions, continued Hamwicks' undefeated start to the season.
"We're into the final eight and we're playing some good cricket, but there will be some other good teams in there as well, like Merewether," Hamwicks skipper Kirk Mullard said yesterday.
"It will just come down to who plays best on the day."
Hamwicks openers Shane Hughes (38) and David Stephenson (28) gave their team a solid launching pad before Trappel walked in at No. 3 and dominated from the first ball he faced.
Teenage medium-pacer Callum Single then ripped through the Tamworth middle order with 6-30.
At Townson, Wests made 9-193 after winning the toss and batting, thanks largely to an unbeaten 71 from Aaron Wivell.
The Lions lost six wickets chasing down the runs, after in-form Pat Darwen (53) topped the scoring.