HAMILTON-WICKHAM and Merewether moved further ahead at the top of the table and Cardiff-Boolaroo improved their finals hopes in a rain-interrupted 50-over round of Newcastle and District cricket on Saturday.
Matt Webber was the star for Hamwicks, blasting 55 in their 9-262 against Charlestown at Passmore Oval. That total was reduced to 242 from 46 overs but Charlestown were never in the run chase. Webber took 3-26 and Callum Single 3-28 to help roll the visitors for 139.
Merewether appeared set for their first loss when Toronto were 7-119, chasing a revised total of 130 but the Kookaburras crumbled to be all out for 124.
Dan Morton (4-23) was the chief destroyer for the Lions.
Hamwicks and Merewether moved to 74 and 73 points respectively, well clear of University (64 points), whose game against Waratah-Mayfield at Waratah Oval was washed out after a second downpour.
The clash between Wests and Newcastle City was also declared a draw after rain made conditions unplayable.
Both games were delicately poised.
University were 6-28 in pursuit of the Tahs’ 93 and Wests were 0-6 chasing 120 for victory.
Wests’ washout, combined with Stockton Raymond Terrace’s (66) loss to Belmont (131), opened the door for Cardiff Boolaroo, who won a thriller against Wallsend at Cardiff Oval.
Chasing 3-257, young leg spinner Gautam Gandha hit two off the last ball to snatch a win with two wickets in hand.
Brett Jackson (108) and Scott Beveridge (100) made unbeaten centuries for the Tigers.
Jackson's second tonne of the season, both against Cardiff, came from 133 balls and was laced with 13 boundaries.
Beveridge brought up his century on the last ball of the innings, his 88th.
Chris Redina led the run chase with 41 and was well supported by Steve Bradbury (32), Joe Wenta (34) and captain Daniel Maher (30).
The match at Cahaill Oval was also adjusted due to the rain. Captain Mark Littlewood made 79 and Marcus Hainsworth 57 to lead Belmont to 216 off 50 overs. Stockton’s target was reduced to 131 off 30 overs but they were bundled out for 66. Hainsworth backed up his effort with the bat by taking 4-10.
The final Twenty-20 round is scheduled for Sunday, weather permitting.
Hamwicks host University, Waratah meet Belmont at waratah Oval, Wallsend are at home to Toronto, Cardiff tackle City at Cardiff, Stockton meet Wests at Lyn Oval and Charlestown confront Merewether at Kahibah Oval.