VETERAN seamer Steve Christie used his experience to lead Waratah-Mayfield to a thrilling one-run win over Newcastle City at No.1 Sportsground in the district cricket Twenty20 round on Saturday.
Set 8-144, City required three to win off the last ball with an in-form Luke Hunter on strike.
But Christie, who answered an SOS to return to first grade this season aged 49, delivered the ball full and tight. Hunter squeezed the ball to cover and could only manage a single to be unbeaten on 57 from 51 balls.
Christie finished with 3-33.
Captain Josh Brackenbury (53 off 31 balls) and Luke Blackaby (39 off 33) laid the platform for the Tahs innings.
The clash between Belmont (5-127) and Charlestown (6-126) at Cahill Oval also went down to the last over.
Needing six to win, all-rounder Brett Hogan hit a two then a boundary to finish with 39 and seal the points. Jace Lawson had set the tone for the run chase with 57 off 46 balls.
Jed Dickson (39) and Steve Mace (24) were Charlestown’s main contributors.
Sam Webber enhanced his reputation as the competition’s master blaster, belting 62 off 22 balls to steer Hamilton-Wickham (4-125) to an emphatic win over Wallsend (7-124) at Wallsend Oval.
Captain Brett Jackson (43) top scored for the Tigers.
Spearhead Dan Morton produced an almost unplayable spell to snare 4-8 and ensure Merewether (6-150) retained the Gordon Goffet Shield with a 45-run win over Cardiff-Boolaroo (7-105) at Townson Oval.
Matt Peterson (3-13) and Ashley Weekes (39 and 2-18) combined to guide Toronto (5-113) to a heart-stopping four-run win over Wests (9-109).
In the final match Luke Bird (53) and John Matthews (4-29) were the stars as University (5-165) toppled Stockton-Raymond Terrace (142).
● Newcastle’s Simon Moore was denied another Australian cricket championship century when run out for 82 as the Bush Blues made 280 against fellow heavyweights Queensland in the second round at Bundaberg yesterday.
Batting at No.3, Moore did not give a chance as he cruised to within 18 of a century but was left to rue a decision to take a quick single to mid-on.
Yesterday NSW were on target for a score of 350-plus, resuming from tea at 4-219.
But they lost Moore and Tim Laws (66) in consecutive overs, sparking a collapse of 6-56.