Newcastle District Cricket Association: First grade frontrunners Wests record back-to-back double bonus point wins | photos

Peter Lojszczyk’s first hat-trick and Joe Price’s batting blitz have seen Wests demolish Stockton-Raymond Terrace and go clear at the top of the ladder.  

Saturday’s nine-wicket win at Lynn Oval was Wests’ second straight with double bonus points and has given them an early-season advantage in the 2017-2018 Newcastle District Cricket Association first grade competition.

The visitors rolled the Seagulls for 92, featuring Lojszczyk’s rare feat, before Price belted 82 not out in 13.1 overs. 

”These are the games the last couple of years we might have let slip in some way so it’s good to see we are starting to take advantage when we’re on top,” Wests skipper James King said.

“Everyone was really happy for Pete. He’s been at the club for a long time and is very popular among the boys. He bowled well and deserved it.

“And Joe was just in one of those moods.”

Charlestown, Belmont and Newcastle City are the other three unbeaten sides after the opening two rounds.

Jed Dickson (64 not out) made it back-to-back unbeaten half-centuries as Charlestown chased down Cardiff-Boolaroo’s 8-115 for the loss of three wickets in 18.4 overs at Kahibah Oval.

Belmont (9-189) got the better of Toronto (162) by 27 runs at Miller Field with captain Mark Littlewood top scoring on 59.

City held on by four runs against Merewether at Learmonth Park after posting 9-163 from their 40 overs and despite Lions left-arm orthodox spinner Tim O’Neill taking 4-18.   

In another close contest Wallsend recorded their first win of the campaign after Matt Wicks (4-14) claimed three wickets in the opening over of Waratah-Mayfield’s chase. Fresh from an English summer Ryan Brooks (61) was the best for the Tigers in a total of 8-214 before the visitors, including 66 and 2-31 from Burt Cockley, were dismissed seven short with six balls left at Wallsend Oval.   

And across at University Oval the students were taught a less by defending champions Hamilton-Wickham, who reached their target of 147 one wicket down in the 31st over with opener Jordy Toby top scoring on 50 not out. 

LADDER: Wests 16, Charlestown 14, Belmont, Newcastle City 13, Merewether 10, University, Hamilton-Wickham 9, Wallsend 6, Waratah-Mayfield, Toronto 3, Cardiff-Boolaroo, Stockton-Raymond Terrace 0.