CARDIFF-Boolaroo fast bowler Daniel McLauchlan could be in hot water after he was cited for umpire abuse in his side’s nail-biting Newcastle district cricket loss to Stockton-Raymond Terrace on Saturday.
Stockton chased down Cardiff’s 216 at Lynn Oval when tail-enders Jack McVey (five not out) and Tyson Beatty (four not out) hung on in a nine-run partnership to reach 9-219.
The bigger loss for the CBs could be McLauchlan.
The former West Australian left-armer was cited by senior umpires Royce McCormack and Kim Norris after the game and a report was sent to Newcastle District Cricket Association judiciary commissioner Jerry Tombleson on Sunday.
If McLauchlan has a case to answer, he will front the judiciary on Thursday night.
The 37-year-old has endured a chequered career, marred by disciplinary problems, and at one stage he served a two-year ban from Sydney grade cricket for repeated breaches.
McLauchlan declined to comment on Sunday night because he was yet to see the umpires’ report.
Regardless of any judiciary action, McLauchlan may be on the sidelines in the foreseeable due to a recurrence of ankle and hamstring injuries on Saturday.
He broke down after taking 2-43 in 21.5 overs and withdrew from the Newcastle Steel game on Sunday.
‘‘I’m probably only days away from a decision about where I go to from here,’’ McLauchlan said.
‘‘I’ve played for 23 years and been in some fantastic sides and been to some of the best places in the world, but it’s just a bit of a battle at the moment with the body to keep playing.’’
Cardiff skipper Jonty Durrheim (back spasms) and Johnathon Maloney (side strain) also broke down during Stockton’s chase.
Ex-Stockton skipper Nick Foster (83) gave his side the perfect platform, which was built on by Daniel Foster (36) and Josh Pettigrew (21) in a 46-run seventh-wicket stand.
When Durrheim (2-41) dismissed both Daniel Foster and Pettigrew within 13 runs, it left Stockton at 8-200.
But the tail earned the first-innings victory for Stockton.
Meanwhile, Merewether and Toronto Workers completed emphatic outright victories over Wests and Newcastle City respectively.
Wests resumed at 1-3 in the second innings on day two at Townson Oval and again struggled against the consistency of the Merewether attack, led by Sam Palmer (3-26) and Tim O’Neill (3-11).
James King (54 not out) provided the only resistance for Wests as they were dismissed for 105.
That left the defending premiers needing 98 for outright victory. They finished at 4-101 in 23 overs to move into top spot on the ladder.
City were never expected to survive long at Ron Hill Oval when they resumed their second innings at 4-56, still 23 runs behind Toronto.
And when they lost Frankie Walsh at 9-103 the end appeared nigh, but middle-order batsman Craig Handy (69) rallied. He belted seven fours and two sixes to dominate a last-wicket partnership of 57 with Sam O’Sullivan and carry City to 160.
Toronto (2-83) chased down the target in 14 overs.
Hamilton-Wickham shrugged off a feeble batting effort in round two against University to produce a solid seven-wicket win over Charlestown at Hawkins Oval.
All five Hamwicks batsmen made starts to reel in Charlestown’s 236 at 7-237 in 78.1 overs.
Opener Dave Stevenson (72 off 137 deliveries) and No.3 Rhys Hanlon (70 not out off 176) steered the ship in a steady 79-run partnership.
Luke Stewart (100) scored his maiden century in Newcastle district cricket to lead University (215) to a comfortable win over Wallsend (156) at George Farley Oval.
The wicketkeeper and opening batsman resumed on 30 not out with captain Matt Gawthrop (20 not out) at 1-53.
The pair reached 1-97 before Gawthrop was dismissed by Cameron Roxby for 31.
Uni passed Wallsend’s target with four wickets down.
Belmont (6-130) had to settle for first-innings points after day two of their game against Waratah-Mayfield (123) at Waratah Oval was washed out.