In just his ninth first-grade game, and second this Newcastle District Cricket Association season, Tim Studdert has produced a match-winning century for now competition leaders Hamilton-Wickham.
Batting at No,7, Studdert scored 121 not out and featured in two vital partnerships at Wallsend Oval on Saturday to help Hamwicks recover from early trouble at 5-44 and successfully chase down Wallsend’s 8-317.
Studdert, whose previous best total in the top grade was 40, combined with Jack Hartigan (44) and Sam Webber (89) to guide the visitors home with 10 overs to spare and three wickets in hand on day two of the round eight encounter.
The sixth-wicket stand was worth 73 runs before Hartigan, who recently made his debut, was dismissed at 6-117. Two-time district player of the year Webber then arrived in the middle and scored at better than a run-a-ball during the crucial partnership of 185.
Studdert’s unbeaten knock at Wallsend Oval was compiled over 202 balls, spending four hours and 22 minutes at the crease, and included 13 fours and three sixes.
Prior to 2018-19, his most recent matches in the first XI were three summers ago. He was part of the club’s under-21 campaign last season.
Recalled Wallsend all-rounder Greg Geise did most of the damage for the hosts, taking the new ball and four of the first five wickets before finishing with figures of 4-60 off 23 overs.
Wallsend remain in eighth position on the ladder but are slip nine points behind their closest rivals following other results while Hamwicks jump from second place to four points clear at the top of the pack.
Elsewhere and previously unbeaten frontrunners University (223) fell seven runs short against Merewether (8-230) at University Oval on Saturday with the last three wickets falling for two runs in the space of 12 balls.
Lions seamer Harry Colbert (3-33) led the late charge while teammate Zac McGuigan made early in-roads and collected a career-best 4-42. Liam McKechnie (64) and Sam Logan (40) were the pick of the Uni batsmen.
Toronto (4-212) have drawn level with University in second on the overall standings after an unbeaten 80 from Ryan Fenning at Harker Oval saw the Kookaburras breeze past defending champions Wests (209), who drop one spot to fourth.
Stockton and City both experienced their first wins of the season by knocking off Cardiff and Belmont respectively.
Ben West claimed 4-72 as Stockton dismissed hosts Cardiff (154) eight runs shy of their 164 while Zane Pearce batted at No.11 with a broken finger but Belmont (150) finished 13 behind City’s 163 at No.1 Sportsground.
And finally, Charlestown were four wickets away from an outright loss to Waratah at Kahibah Oval after instigating a push for maximum points on day one last weekend.
In their second innings Charlestown ended up 6-64 at the close of play after initially launching a 10-over bid to chase the 142 runs required for victory.
Waratah made 142 from 84.1 overs. They had been rolled for 116 seven days earlier. In between Charlestown declared at 3-117 after facing just 20 overs.
Charlestown leg-spinner Daniel Chillingworth recorded a 10-wicket haul for the match, taking 7-46 in the second dig after securing figures of 3-35 in the first.
LADDER: Hamwicks 39; Uni, Toronto 35; Wests 31; Cardiff, Charlestown, Merewether 30; Wallsend 21; Belmont 15; Stockton 14; City 13; Waratah 10.