The Cessnock District Cricket Association’s representative John Bull Shield (JBS) team will contest this season’s final after putting neighbouring Singleton to the sword, by 91 runs, at East End Oval at the weekend.
The hosts batted first and made a neat 200, having been bowled out in the penultimate over of the innings.
Cameron Ross (40), Fletcher Sharp (38), Sam Peacock (29), Brent Watson (17), Jason Orr (14) and Drew Olsen (13) all made useful contributions to the competitive target.
For Singleton, Isaac Barry was superb with the new ball, claiming 4-41 off 10, with fellow opener Daniel Thrift taking 2-46 (off eight).
The visitors were then skittled for 109 in reply, inside 25 overs.
Barry completed a man-of-the-match lone hand performance in a well-beaten side.
He top-scored with an unbeaten 33, with Alex Thrift (17) and Travis Batch also making starts.
Watson was Cessnock’s best with the ball, claiming an expensive 3-43 off six, with Zach Sneesby (2-31 off 8), Patrick Andrews (2-15 off 5) and Sharpe (2-0 off 1) all picking up a brace of wickets each.
Cessnock finished equal with Suburban Districts at the top of the ladder.
But, Suburban had the superior averages meaning they will host the final, which will be played on Sunday 7 February.
The Cessnock line-up consisted of captain Joey Butler (Greta-Branxton), Jason Orr (Bellbird), Drew Olsen (Mulbring), Cameron Ross (Mulbring), Mark Crowfoot (Piranhas), Fletcher Sharpe (Piranhas), Jason Varoxis (Mulbring), Sam Peacock (Wine Country), Reuben Andrews (Greta-Branxton), Brent Watson (Greta-Branxton), Patrick Andrews (Greta-Branxton) and Zach Sneesby (Mulbring).
- by Mark Bercini