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Valley/JPC skipper Isaac Barry led by example in his side’s impressive victory over Coalfields Cup defending joint premiers Greta/Branxton at the weekend.

The competition, featuring cricket clubs throughout Cessnock and Singleton, finally got back into full swing on Saturday after the first three weeks were either fully or partially washed out.

But, it was Barry, who put an early mark on the tournament.

He notched his maiden top grade century to set up a big 94-run win over Greta/Branxton at Miller Park.

The 20-year-old came to the crease at the fall of the third wicket and blasted nine maximums and three boundaries in an entertaining unbeaten 106 off just 63 deliveries.

This set up a massive total of 3-292 from the joint venture’s 40 overs.

He received great support from Mewa Jeetarwal (59), who also remained unbeaten in his well-constructed half century.

Shane Givney (39), Kye Dann (38) and Jacob Carey (26) also timed the ball nicely.

In a tough day for the host’s bowlers, Will Regan was the best with 2-57.

The home side remained poised in reply, but the increasing scoreboard pressure proved too much in the end.

Greta/Branxton was eventually all out in the penultimate over for 198.

Brent Watson and Mark Bercini scored 44 apiece, with Regan (32), skipper Joey Butler (22) and Jace Lawson (21) chipping in.

Luke Dempster was Valley/JPC’s standout with the four-piece, bagging 3-29.

Archit Bele (2-26) and Brandon Carman (2-22) took a brace of wickets each, with Barry putting the icing on the cake of a stellar man-of-the-match performance with 2-37.

Next door on Miller 2, Wine Country opened its account with a 96-run triumph over fellow Cessnock compatriots Piranhas.

The Wood Ducks made first use of the favourable batting conditions and posted 6-166.

Jason Ambrose (51) was the pick with a well put together half century, with Matt Lightfoot (33), skipper Andrew Fensom (20) and Sam Peacock (17) all making starts.

The Piranhas’ wickets were fairly evenly-distributed, with Fletcher Sharpe (2-19) and Aaron Sweeney (2-24) bowling tidily.

However, they struggled at the crease, all out in the 23rd over for just 70.

Sharpe (21), skipper Luke Sweeney (14) and Matt Hopley (12) were the only batsmen in double figures.

Veteran South African off-spinner Brendan Briedenhann bowled beautifully to bag 4-22, with Luke Jeans (2-5) getting the job done, too.

Creeks hit their straps by defeating Glendon in the Singleton derby at Cook 1.

Batting first, Creeks compiled a healthy 6-196, with opener Clint Harman leading from the front with 74.

Former Cessnock player of the year Nathan Stapleford was next best with 38, with Chris Unicomb (21) and Jarrod (14no) providing support.

Kyle Bailey claimed the bowling honours, taking 2-23.

Glendon managed 105 in reply, with Dylan Fenwick (32) and Cooper Bailey (19) their best two.

Creeks’ new-ballers Daniel Tracey (4-6 off eight) and Stapleford (3-34) took regular scalps, with skipper Blake Cook capturing 2-11.

In the final match of the round, Bellbird remained in equal top spot on the competition ladder with a comfortable win over PCH.

Details were unavailable at the time of writing. 

Coalfields Cup (points table): Bellbird 18 (NRR 1.68), Valley/JPC 18 (1.52), Wine Country 15 (2.40), Creeks 12 (-0.32), Greta/Branxton 9 (-2.35), Piranhas 9 (-2.40), PCH 9 (-), Glendon 6 (-0.84)

  • Mark Bercini

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