Hamwicks gap rivals 

HAMILTON-Wickham grabbed a jump on their Newcastle District Cricket Association  rivals with an outright win over City in a rain-disrupted round today.

Resuming at 4-101 at Kahaibah Oval in reply to City’s first innings of 166, Hamwicks were all out for 239.

The main contributors for Hamwicks were Shane Hughes (46), Andrew Maher (41), Matt Webber (32) and Ben Balcolm (32).

City were rolled for 61 in their second dig, with Sam Webber (5-23), Andrew Maher (3-16)  and Matt Webber (2-16) the destroyers.

The win moved Hamwicks to 38 points on the table, 14 ahead of Merewether  who scored an outright win over  Charlestown  at Townson Oval.

Resuming at 1-81, the Lions finished 8(dec)-254 to take first-innings points. Troy Goodwin top-scored with 58.

Merewether, led by Dave Celep (5-18), then rolled the Magpies for 101 in their second innings before chasing down the target of nine without loss to claim outright points. 

  Stockton’s clash with Wallsend was abandoned, leaving Stockton in third place on 20 points and Wallsend fourth on 17.  

Wests are fifth on 15 after squeezing a first-innings win against Waratah-Mayfield (217) at Waratah Oval.

 Resuminhg at 4-48 in reply to Waratah-Mayfield’s 217, Wests slumped to 6-82 before an 83-run seventh-wicket partnership between Scott Sharma (72 not out) and Anthony Hobson (54) steadied the ship.

The tail then held firm  for Sharma  to guide  Wests to 9-221. 

Steve Christie took 3-19 for Waratah.

The  Belmont v Toronto match at Cahill Oval, and the Cardiff v Uni clash at Cardiff Oval were washed out. 

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