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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Club cricket legend ‘crunches’ the numbers

The Waratah-Mayfield District Cricket Club (WMDCC) is arguably one of Newcastle’s most successful organisations.

And, the facts prove it.

Established in 1924 following an amalgamation of Dangar Park CC and Waratah CC, WMDCC has won the Newcastle district club championship on 24 occasions.

However, it’s players like Steve “Crunch” Christie, who have laid a platform for much of that success.

The club stalwart recently achieved another massive milestone for the Waratahs.

After smashing 47 in the fourth-grade team’s victory, Christie passed the 6000-run mark, now totalling 6026.

That places him 10th overall on the all-time WMDCC leaderboard, with some impressive names in Glenn Horne (6236) and Ron Harvey (6337) sitting just above him.

Not only is he handy with the bat; he knows how to bag a scalp or two with the ball, too.

Christie, at last count, had 1174 wickets to his credit.

“Crunch is a dead-set legend,” WMDCC committeeman Jack Dundas said.

“He’s our longest-serving player with 556 games under his belt in our near 100-year history.

“But, he’s not only one of the best cricketers, he’s also one of the best blokes around.

“He supports everything – from the juniors to the women’s sides.

“Nothing is ever too much for Crunch.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him.”

Meanwhile, the WMDCC is primed to host a number of events over the next week.

On Thursday 28 January, the club will invite sponsors – past and present, supporters and “old boys” to its NDCA: NCC T20 Summer Bash clash with long-time rivals Wests Rosellas at Waratah Oval from 5pm.

The next evening (Friday 29 January), WMDCC has organised a comedy night at the Mayfield Hotel, with doors opening from 7.

The show features the talents of Al De Bene (Comedian of the Year – LA Comedy Awards), Daniel Townes (Just For Laughs Comedy Festival – Montreal) and Andrew Paskin (Sydney Fringe Festival).

Tickets are $35 and available from www.comedyforacause.net/WMDCC

Then it all culminates with the Waratahs’ 23rd annual 7s tournament at Waratah Oval 1 and 3, from 8am onward, on Sunday 31 January.