Newcastle District Cricket Association: Toronto all-rounder Adrian Chad hits form with bat and ball

FORM: Toronto all-rounder Adrian Chad performed with both bat and ball on the weekend to put Toronto in a strong position against Stockton-Raymond Terrace after day one of the round 10 encounter. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

FORM: Toronto all-rounder Adrian Chad performed with both bat and ball on the weekend to put Toronto in a strong position against Stockton-Raymond Terrace after day one of the round 10 encounter. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

During the space of 12 months Adrian Chad has played in four different cricket seasons, but the Toronto all-rounder doesn’t seem to be getting worn out.

Actually, quite the opposite if Saturday’s century and six wickets are anything to go by in the Newcastle District Cricket Association first grade competition.

The 29-year-old, who has been in England, South Australia and twice in Newcastle since the start of 2015-2016, was the stand out performer for the Kookaburras against Stockton-Raymond Terrace at Ron Hill Oval and helped the hosts to a dominant position after day one of their round 10 encounter. 

Batting at four the right-hander scored 102 in between taking 4-23 and 2-5 from a collective 15 overs of medium pace. It means the fifth-placed hosts have already secured first innings points, lead by 106 runs and need a further seven scalps to claim maximum points.

“I got a bit lucky, but it was nice to hit a few out of the middle,” Chad said.

“It was just one of those days really, where all the stars aligned and everything seems to go right for you.”

Chad missed the first couple of rounds travelling back to Australia after lining up for Essex club Witham, making a team-high 988 runs at an average of 65.87 and clinching 21 wickets at 26.62 apiece.  

“It was definitely worthwhile [playing in England],” Chad said.

“I had a good season personally, the team did well [finished third] and I got to play against the Essex second XI. You just play a lot more cricket. It’s all one-day stuff so you have 20-odd games, which means you bat and bowl every week.” 

This followed a short stint with Toronto at the end of last season, including a run home to the semi-finals, plus five-and-a-half summers in Adelaide for West Torrens, featuring the likes of first-class players Aiden Blizzard, Dan Cullen and Peter George.

Chad is now focused on seeing the Kookaburras return to a top-four position, especially following the loss of key senior figureheads Greg Hunt and Joe Price to other clubs this year, and he knows an outright this weekend will be vital with only nine points separating six teams on a congested ladder. 

“There’s definitely a bit of a logjam there,” he said. “That’s why you’ve got to take the opportunity to get maximum points when you can, because you never know when it will come around again.”

Meanwhile, figures of 5-15 from Wallsend (2-96) opening bowler Liam Taylor have seen the Tigers record their second straight win, defeating Waratah-Mayfield (92) by eight wickets in Wednesday’s twilight T20 fixture at No.1 Sportsground.

Newcastle City clash with Charlestown at the same venue on Thursday (5pm).

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