Newcastle District Cricket Association: Sam Webber's whirlwind innings to reach church on time; Bradman and Kookaburra cups; Hunter coaching clinics

FRENETIC: Hamilton-Wickham all-rounder Sam Webber belted 81 from 45 on Saturday before leaving Townson Oval to attend at wedding. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
FRENETIC: Hamilton-Wickham all-rounder Sam Webber belted 81 from 45 on Saturday before leaving Townson Oval to attend at wedding. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

HAMILTON-WICKHAM all-rounder Sam Webber was in a hurry on Saturday and opponents Merewether were on the receiving end at Townson Oval.

Webber had somewhere to be, a wedding in fact, and opened up for the Pumas belting a whirlwind 81 from just 45 deliveries.

This devastating knock included six sixes and when dismissed in the 13th over Hamwicks had raced along to 3-102.

His cameo was followed by another hard-hitting dig from Mark Dries, who struck 62 from 37 balls, and at lunch the visitors had reached the bizarre total of 6-190 from only 26 overs.

ROUND 10 (in progress): Waratah v City; Wallsend v Wests; Cardiff v Charlestown; Stockton v Toronto; Hamwicks v Merewether; Belmont v University.

ROUND 10 (in progress): Waratah v City; Wallsend v Wests; Cardiff v Charlestown; Stockton v Toronto; Hamwicks v Merewether; Belmont v University.

* HOST zone Newcastle begin their Bradman Cup campaign against Illawarra at Waratah Oval on Monday with defending champions Central North taking on Riverina at Wallsend Oval. The other first round encounters at the annual under-16 NSW Country Championships have North Coastal meeting Western at No.1 Sportsground and Southern-ACT battling it out with Central Coast at Townson Oval.

* IT has been a tough representative carnival for Newcastle at the Kookaburra Cup in Griffith this week, losing all four fixtures so far.

Newcastle under-14 coach Shane Burley was hopeful the boys could finish with a win against Southern-ACT on Thursday.  

* STILL on juniors and coaching clinics are the flavour of the month with at least three taking place in the Hunter during January.

Newcastle district first grade players Michael Radnidge and Jack Downing will be lending a hand to Super Sports Camps at Empire Park on Thursday and Friday.

Following on next week (January 19 and 20) will be Shaun Brown’s classes, featuring the likes of Nathan Bracken and Len Pascoe, at both Wallsend and Lorn while Smith Park at Hamilton North is the venue for Sydney Sixers sessions.