District cricket report: Last-over win for Belmont 

ALL-ROUNDERS Jace Lawson and Brett Hogan combined to lead Belmont (5-127) to a thrilling last-over win against Charlestown (6-126) in the Newcastle District Twenty20 round at Cahill Oval today.

Needing six off the final over, Hogan hit a two and then a boundary to record Belmont's third victory of the season. He finished with 39 off 38 balls. Lawson had laid the platform for the run chase with 57 off 46 balls. They each took two wickets in the Charlestown innings in which Jed Dickson (39) and Steve Mace (24) were the main contributors.

Waratah Mayfield veteran Steve Christie showed his experience at the death as Newcastle City fell two runs short of victory at No.1 Sportsground.

Set 8-144, City required three of the final ball. But Luke Hunter, who top scored with an unbeaten 57, could not beat the cover fieldsman, restricting them to a single.

Christie finished with 3-33.

Earlier, Josh Brackenbury (53) blazed a fine half century and Luke Blackaby struck 39 for Waratah.

Sam Webber continued his love affair with the shortest form of the game, belting 62 off 22 balls to lead Hamilton Wickham's run chase against Wallsend (7-124) at Wallsend Oval.

Matt Trappel (31) provided good support as Hamwicks passed the total four wickets down. Brett Jackson made 43 for the Tigers.

At Uni No.1 Oval, opener Luke Bird top scored with 52 and medium pacer John Matthews claimed 4-29 to steer University (5-165) to a commanding win over Stockton-Raymond Terrace (142). Daniel Flynn top scored for Stockton with 48.

Ashley Weekes blasted a quickfire 39 and took 2-18 in Toronto's (5-113) upset win over Wests (9-109). Matt Peterson was the main destroyer for Toronto, grabbing 3-13.

Merewether spearhead Dan Morton took 3-8 from four overs to guide Merewether (6-150) to an emphatic win over Cardiff Boolaroo (7-105) at Townson Oval and retain the Gordon Goffet Shield.

Dave Celep made 40 and Trent Bush 23 for Merewether.

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