AFTER two rare failures, Mark Littlewood was in the mood to make someone suffer.
Waratah-Mayfield were on the receiving end as the Belmont skipper plundered 125 at Waratah Oval on Saturday – his third century of the Newcastle District cricket season. Arriving at the crease with the visitors well placed at 2-123, Littlewood hit 15 fours and three sixes from 164 balls, steering his team to 374, with help from Samuel Logan (71) and Marcus Hainsworth (45).
Jace Lawson grabbed an early wicket to leave the home side 1-5 at stumps.
After scores of 66 not out, 82, 103 not out, 135, 1 and 8 before Saturday’s century, Littlewood now has 520 first-grade runs this season, at an average of 104.
The other century-maker of round eight was Merewether’s Pat Darwen, who hit 17 fours in his 107 against Wallsend at Wallsend Oval. The five-time champions declared at 8-362 and had reduced the struggling Tigers to 1-14 by the end of day one.
At Ron Hill Oval, Toronto claimed first-innings points and appeared well on their way to an outright win against Cardiff-Boolaroo.
After dismissing for Cardiff 94, the Kookaburras declared at 3-110. After the remaining 17 overs, the CBs were 5-50, a lead just 34.
Maximum points might be enough to lift fifth-placed Toronto into the top four.
At Passmore Oval, veteran Steve Mace (67) showed his class to give Charlestown (198) a fighting chance against Hamilton-Wickham (4-96), for whom Mark Dries took 4-41 and scored 31.
The match between Wests (217) and University (2-77) at No.1 Sportsground appeared evenly poised, while Stockton (9-237) will be confidently eyeing a win against Newcastle City (1-6) at Lynn Oval.