Newcastle cricket legend Steve Mace produced a fighting knock in his return to first grade on Saturday.
Skippering the Charlestown side in the absence of Dane Macourt, the veteran top scored with 32 batting at number seven.
The timely display, off 47 deliveries, allowed the winless visitors to make 120 after losing the toss and being sent into bat by undefeated Waratah-Mayfield.
Charlestown were 5-22 when Mace arrived at the crease and he was dismissed at 6-68. Opening bowlers Ben Pomplun (3-26) and Ben Sullivan (3-32) did most of the damage for Waratah.
The hosts ended up 3-73 from their 27 overs in reply with English import Linden Lockhart unbeaten on 32.
Waratah need a further 48 runs with seven wickets in hand to secure first innings points this Saturday. The third round two-day fixture at Waratah Oval was Mace’s first game back in the top grade since the 2013-2014 semi-final. He played one fourth grade match last season and started this summer with a hit in seconds.