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Suburban Districts open 2021/22 cricket season

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The Newcastle District Cricket Association (NDCA) will bowl its first ball in anger in 2021/22 when the Suburban Districts competition takes centre stage this weekend.

And, 10 teams – including defending premiers Mary Ellen Mudrats, Merewether DCC, Port Stephens Pythons, Redhead CC, Wallsend DCC and newcomers Adamstown CC Premier Hotel, Wests DCC Water Board, Nelson Bay CC, Wests DCC Journeymen and Newcastle City Adamstown Rosebuds – have their eyes on the division one prize.

A major highlight of NDCA last season, the format is set to enjoy another surge in popularity, according to secretary Aaron Gray.

“I think it was well-contested last year,” he said.

“We had six sides compete in division one – and we’ve now expanded it to 10.

“That’s a positive sign for the association.

“It’s grown by 12.5%.

“And, that’s great because, geographically, it fills a few gaps we had in our district model.”

The Mudrats claimed the inaugural crown in 2020/21 when they crushed Merewether DCC by eight wickets in the decider at Feighan Oval.

Lucas Sneddon (3-12) and Josh Bennett (3-23) tore through their rivals to dismiss them for 102.

An unbeaten half century to Luke Evans and a handy 28 not out by Brendan Frost then saw Mary Ellen reap the spoils.

“I guess it was a bit of a shock [to win],” team member Mac Price said.

“We started the season with six losses.

“But, somehow, we made it to the final and gave it a good crack.

“It was great to get the victory on the day and everyone contributed.”

Price admitted the Mudrats were quietly confident of staying on top again in 2021/22.

“We’ve kept most of the same side, however, with a few changes,” he said.

“So, we’re aiming to field a stronger bowling line-up to complement our batting.

“I think we’ll be on par, if not better, than last year.

“We’ve picked up a new off-spin bowler – he’ll add a lot to the team.

“We have also got a few guys back from injury.

“Hopefully, we’ll see more of them on the field this season.”

Mary Ellen opens its account against debutants Nelson Bay CC at Don Waring Oval on Saturday 30 October.

“Obviously, we haven’t played before,” Price told the Newcastle Weekly.

“But, we’re excited to get up to the Bay and play them.

“Everyone’s keen to go, especially after lockdowns and stay-at-home restrictions.”

In other fixtures, Adamstown CC Premier Hotel hosts the Port Stephens Pythons at Adamstown Park Oval # 2, Merewether DCC meets Wests DCC Water Board at Connolly Park, Redhead CC faces Wallsend DCC at Liles Oval #1 and the Wests DCC Journeymen heads into battle with Newcastle City Adamstown Rosebuds at Jesmond Park.

All matches start from 1pm.

Newcastle District Cricket Association

Suburban Districts division one

Round 1 (Saturday 30 October):

  • 1pm: Adamstown CC Premier Hotel v Port Stephens Pythons (Adamstown Park Oval # 2)
  • 1pm: Merewether DCC v Wests DCC Water Board (Connolly Park)
  • 1pm: Nelson Bay CC v Mary Ellen Mudrats (Don Waring Oval)
  • 1pm: Redhead CC v Wallsend DCC (Liles Oval #1)
  • 1pm: Wests DCC Journeymen v Newcastle City Adamstown Rosebuds (Jesmond Park)

Division two

  • 1.30pm: Beresfield Memorial v Redhead CC (Lindsay Memorial Park)
  • 1.30pm: MDCC Carrington Gravity Riders v Nelson Bay CC (Pat Jordan Oval)
  • 1.30pm: Wests DCC Water Board v Wests DCC Journeymen (Blackley Oval)
  • 1.30pm: Port Stephens Pythons v Maryland Fletcher CC (King Park 5)
  • 1.30pm: Warners Bay CC v Kotara CC (Feighan Oval #1)

Division three

  • 1.30pm: Beach Hotel v Stockton & Northern Districts DCC Generals (Myamblah Cresent – synthetic)
  • 1.30pm: Hillsborough EDCC v Valentine Eleebana (Hillsborough Oval)
  • 1.30pm: Stockton & Northern Districts DCC Washingtons v Wallsend DCC (Ballast Ovals 2)
  • 1.30pm: Adamstown CC Dukes v Warners Bay CC (Lewis Oval – synthetic)
  • 1.30pm: Maryland Fletcher CC v Wests DCC Water Board (Bill Elliott Oval)

Division four

  • 1.30pm: Kotara CC v Waratah Mayfield DCC (Lugar Park)
  • 1.30pm: Adamstown CC Slashers v Westlakes Renegades MFCC (Mandalong Oval, Adamstown)
  • 1.30pm: Valentine Eleebana v Edgeworth DCC (Valentine Soccer – synthetic)
  • 1.30pm: Maryland Fletcher CC v Merewether DCC Nepalese (Kurraka Oval – synthetic)
  • 1.30pm: Warners Bay CC v Newcastle City DCC Sabres (Feighan Oval #2)

Division five

  • 1.30pm: Valentine Eleebana Green v Hunter Taverners (Marks Oval – synthetic)
  • 1.30pm: Adamstown CC Brown Munde v Port Stephens Pythons (Myer Park – synthetic)
  • 1.30pm: Teralba BIllygoats WBCC v Kotara CC (Tredinnick Oval 1 – synthetic)
  • 1.30pm: Waratah Mayfield DCC v Warners Bay CC (Waratah Park Oval #5 – synthetic)
  • 1.30pm:  Redhead CC v Valentine Eleebana Gold (Liles Oval #2 – synthetic)

Division six

  • 1.30pm: Waratah Mayfield DCC v Maryland Fletcher CC (Waratah Park Oval #4 – synthetic)
  • 1.30pm: Kotara CC Fireballs v Gateshead Tavern WBCC (Nesbitt Park – synthetic)
  • 1.30pm: Valentine Eleebana v Adamstown CC Hunters (Ernie Calland Field)
  • 1.30pm: TWDCC Mudcrabs v Warners Bay CC (Water Board Oval – turf)
  • 1.30pm: Newcastle City DCC Blues v Beresfield Memorial (Adamstown Park Oval #5 – synthetic)

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