AS far as dream debuts go in Newcastle district cricket, beating Merewether is difficult to top.
But Newcastle City’s Kent all-rounder Matthew Hunn achieved that on Saturday.
Not only did City inflict the defending premiers’ first defeat since last March, Hunn took four wickets and featured in a 71-run 10th-wicket partnership with Rhys Gallen.
The No.10 and No.11 came together in the 35th over at 9-136 chasing Merewether’s 205 at No.1 Sportsground.
Hunn blasted five fours and two sixes in a knock of 45 and Gallen made 36.
‘‘Looking at the field they set, it looked like they thought they had it won,’’ City captain-coach Mitch Claydon said.
‘‘It was incredible, really. From 70 runs out they played a few shots, and from there you never believe you can win. When we got within 15 to 20, we thought we might do it, and then they whacked the last 15 runs.’’
The chase was even more incredible given City were 5-31 before a 74-run partnership between Dylan Hunter (35) and Claydon (45).
City’s other Kent recruits, Ben Harmison (0) and Charlie Hartley (9), had more disappointing club debuts.
City’s second victory was the biggest upset of the season.
‘‘I think it’ll do a lot for the club in general,’’ Claydon said.
‘‘Everyone seemed to go back for a beer last night and enjoyed it.’’
While City appear on the rise, Cardiff-Boolaroo found a new low, rolled for 49 by Belmont on an ordinary Cardiff Oval wicket.
The home side were 6-6 as Belmont quick Jace Lawson grabbed five wickets.
Belmont knocked off the total two wickets down in 6.4 overs for two bonus points.
‘‘It wasn’t a 49-run wicket, none usually are, but it was very underdone and hard to bat on,’’ Belmont skipper Mark Littlewood said.
‘‘Instead of waiting around to get out, we took the chance to play shots and knock the total off quickly.’’
Jacob Montgomery made an impressive start to his captaincy career as he led Wallsend to a three-run victory over Stockton-Raymond Terrace at Lynn Oval.
Montgomery top-scored with 47 in Wallsend’s 147.
Stockton’s Terry Crittenden took 3-18 off 10 overs.
Stockton were cruising at 1-50 but lost 7-40 due to Liam Taylor’s 5-30 off 10 overs.
At 9-106 Stockton were on the ropes, but Benn West (20) and Bryan Warren (22 not out) kept fighting. Montgomery finally broke their 38-run stand by bowling West with the first ball of the 42nd over.
Hamilton-Wickham’s (5-91) bowlers rolled University for 90 to close the gap between second and third on the table.
Sam Webber (3-9) and Mark Dries (3-7) terrorised Uni in 29.4 overs, before skipper Josh Trappel finished the job with 45 not out. Charlestown (8-199) kept themselves in the hunt for the top four by beating Toronto Workers (117) at Kahibah Oval. Skipper Dane Macourt led the way with 51.
Wests (6-214) broke an eight-game losing streak to defeat Waratah-Mayfield (9-212) at Waratah Oval. Lorne Burns (66) and Aaron Wivell (90) dominated the run chase.