Newcastle District Cricket Association: Corey Brown makes unbeaten 154 for Toronto against Wallsend at Ron Hill Oval | photos

Corey Brown has made the most of his late call up to first grade by making an unbeaten 154 as Toronto gained ascendancy of its third round match against Wallsend at Ron Hill Oval on Saturday. 

Batting at three Brown, who replaced Peter McCredie on Thursday, posted his maiden top flight century – facing 262 deliveries and spending 307 minutes out in the middle as Toronto reached 9(dec)-332.  

“It was chanceless, very determined, he hit the ball well and put value on his wicket – everything you want from a top order batsman really,” Toronto skipper Paul Toole said of the club junior.

“He’s only 21 and was actually picked in second grade this week, but got his chance when someone pulled out on Thursday night and he’s peeled off 154 not out.”

The university student went in at 1-8 and negotiated a difficult period at 6-92 before combining with Jeremy Ford (71) for a 123-run seventh-wicket partnership.

Brown and No.10 Corey Piccirillo (38) then took the score from 8-248 to 9-329.

With four overs left Toronto enforced a change of innngs and have Wallsend 1-14.

The outlook across at Cahill Oval is grim for Cardiff-Boolaroo with Belmont on the verge of an outright result having already secured a first-innings victory on day one. The hosts need just five second-innings wickets to complete the rout and claim maximum points after a dominant display with both bat and ball on Saturday.

After being asked to bat Belmont captain Mark Littlewood (103 not out) continued his early season form and guided his troops to an almost run-a-ball 5-308 before declaring.

Jace Lawson (3-15, 2-2), Luke Muddle (3-14) and Ray Cooper (3-26, 3-13), who had earlier scored a quickfire 60, dismissed the visitors for 69 inside 27 overs before sending them back in and leaving Cardiff in disarray at 5-29. 

Over at Learmonth Park it is more evenly poised approaching day two this weekend as Newcastle City eye the required 54 runs with six wickets in hand. They finished 4-88 from 35 overs in reply to University’s 141.

The home side opted to bowl first with Jonty Major (4-33) and Ryan Van Kemenade (3-22) the main contributers. New University recruit Adam Taylor (36) and skipper Matt Gawthrop (33) put on 47 for the fifth wicket.

Meanwhile, washed out matches at Townson and Harker ovals will revert to 50-over fixtures this Saturday with five-time defending champions Merewether hosting Stockton-Raymond Terrace and competition leaders Hamilton-Wickham away to Wests. 

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