Newcastle District Cricket Association: Merewether skipper Simon Moore hits form in season opener

RUNS: Merewether captain Simon Moore on his way to a century in the Lions' opening round 106-run win away against Wallsend on Saturday. It was his first three-figure score in the Newcastle top grade competition since November 2015. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
RUNS: Merewether captain Simon Moore on his way to a century in the Lions' opening round 106-run win away against Wallsend on Saturday. It was his first three-figure score in the Newcastle top grade competition since November 2015. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

There were less overs and a different coloured ball but it was the same old Simon Moore.

The 41-year-old Merewether skipper scored his first century in almost 24 months as the Lions posted a double bonus-point victory away against Wallsend in Saturday’s season opener. 

The 2015-2016 player of the year put opposition to recent Newcastle District Cricket Association changes aside and got on with the job despite the 40-over one-day format and pink ball introduction.  

“You’ve just got to bite the bullet at the end of the day,” Moore said.

“Regardless of the overs and the ball you’ve still got to get the win. I still don’t agree with it all, but it was nice to spend some time out in the middle again and start the season like that.”

Moore (105) and Josh Geary (34) kicked off proceedings with a 134-run stand. The Lions finished 4-251 and kept the Tigers to 6-145 in reply. 

OUT: Wallsend's Kyle Bray celebrates a wicket. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

OUT: Wallsend's Kyle Bray celebrates a wicket. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

In the closest first-round encounter Charlestown’s Jed Dickson made an unbeaten 80 to guide his side home in the final over against defending premiers Hamilton-Wickham at Kahibah Oval. Dickson and Chris Rendina (51) were the mainstays as the Magpies reached 6-198 with five balls remaining after Matt Webber’s 88 helped a depleted Hamwicks post 9-197 earlier in the day. 

Elsewhere and Newcastle City chased down Toronto’s 143 inside 30 overs with three wickets left after Sabres pair Frank Walsh (4-27) and Isaac Smith (4-19) had split eight wickets between them at Ron Hill Oval.

A 162-run third-wicket partnership between skipper Matt Gawthrop (90) and Chris Connors (73) saw reigning Tom Locker Cup champions University make 7-244 before restricting Stockton-Raymond Terrace to 143 at Lynn Oval. The Sea Dragons narrowly collected two bonus points. 

Former first-class quick Burt Cockley opened the batting (2) and the bowling (2-25) but hosts Waratah-Mayfield (125) fell 65 short of Belmont (7-190) after Ray Cooper triggered a collapse with 5-21 from his five overs.

And Wests (6-118) proved too strong away against Cardiff-Boolaroo (114), whose English import Lewis Catlow picked up 3-32 on debut.

KNOCK: Charlestown's Jed Dickson made 80 not out. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

KNOCK: Charlestown's Jed Dickson made 80 not out. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

LADDER: Merewether, University, Wests 8; Belmont, Newcastle City 7; Charlestown 6; Hamilton-Wickham 2; Toronto, Waratah-Mayfield 1; Cardiff-Boolaroo, Stockton-Raymond Terrace, Wallsend 0.