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Murray century steers Premier Hotel to rare victory

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An incredible batting performance by Peter Murray enabled Premier Hotel to score its biggest win of the Newcastle District Cricket Association’s Suburban Districts division one season at the weekend.

The opener plundered an unbeaten 130 as his team steamrolled Nelson Bay by 142 runs at Adamstown Park.

Ironically, despite that innings – and subsequent victory, it wasn’t enough to lift Premier Hotel off the bottom of the ladder.

Murray smashed a dozen boundaries and three sixes.

He also put on a 183-run stand for the second wicket with Andrew Coleman (81) as the side posted 2-265.

Doug Rowland was the pick of the bowlers with 1-25.

In reply, Nelson Bay couldn’t mount a real challenge, despite the efforts of Tom Marshall (33), Carl Baker (23 not out) and Rowland (22).

The outfit was bundled out for 123, as Premier Hotel’s Matt Moylan ripped through the line-up to claim 5-23 off 6.5 overs.

At Connolly Park, Merewether triumphed by five wickets at the expense of Adamstown Rosebuds.

The Rosebuds appeared destined for a competitive total, as Corey Bruce and Phil Horrell cracked 64 and 45 respectively, and managed to compile 8-151.

Tom Lavender and Adam Britt shared the scalps, with three apiece.

Merewether, however, clicked into gear on the back of Darren Cousins’ 55 and captain Rowan Kelly’s handy contribution of 36.

Jayson Pratten (13) and Michael Gainsford (6) then guided the team to 5-152 with a number of overs to spare.

Bruce backed up his performance with the bat to secure 3-25 with the ball.

Mitchell Barry produced a man of the match display as the Mary Ellen Mudrats accounted for Wests Water Board by 58 runs at Jesmond Park.

The all-rounder top scored with 49 not out in the side’s 8-151 and captured 3-15 as their rivals faltered on 93.

Unfortunately, no other details were available due to an incomplete scorecard.

Frontrunners Port Stephens Pythons handed out a lesson to Wallsend, prevailing by eight wickets at King Park.

A solid 27 from Ameet Pandit allowed Wallsend to muster 113.

But, it was Blake Simpson and Lleyton Eveleigh who did all the damage.

The former snared 4-20 while the latter took 3-9.

Port Stephens then made short work of the task at hand.

Buoyed by Jeremy Kirk’s 30, the Moxey boys – Jarrod and Josh – chipped in with unbeaten knocks of 40 and 23. 

Blackley Oval was deemed unplayable, meaning Wests Journeymen and Redhead shared the points.

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