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Pythons put Rosebuds to the sword

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The Port Stephens Pythons maintained their stranglehold on top of the Newcastle District Cricket Association’s Suburban Districts ladder with a comprehensive 57-run victory over Adamstown Rosebuds at the weekend.

In the clash at Adamstown Park Oval on Saturday, the division one competition leaders only compiled 106 but it was enough to claim the honours after bundling out the hosts for 49.

Leigh Williams anchored the innings with 41, while Matt Dean (12) and Jarrod Moxey (11) also chipped in.

PJ Considine claimed 4-22 with the ball, with Elliott McLeod taking 3-40.

Unfortunately for the Rosebuds, extras was the top scorer with 13 as the side faltered within 20 overs.

Jason Eveleigh (2-1), Lleyton Eveleigh (2-3), Brock Hawley (2-16) and Jeremy Kirk (2-25) shared the bowling honours for the Pythons.

Defending premiers Mary Ellen Mudrats crushed Premier Hotel by nine wickets at Connolly Park.

Cameron Roxby (4-8) and Brendan Frost (3-18) tore through the batting line-up as the “publicans” managed just 66.

In reply, Luke Evans (31) and Jarred Owen (25 not out) led the Mudrats to 1-69 and a comfortable win.

Merewether stunned Wallsend by the tune of 56 runs at Jesmond Park.

The visitors posted a competitive 8-136 on the back of Jayson Pratten’s 30 and Michael Gainsford’s unbeaten 27.

Sumit Relan snared 3-22 and Muhammad Umar kept up his wicket-taking feats with 2-19.

After being well-placed at the start, Wallsend lost 9-51 to finish on 80.

That was despite the efforts of Dibyendu Mishra (21) and Varun Sharma (19).

James Pryde destroyed his opponents, capturing 3-5, with Ben Troke (2-8), Pratten (2-22) and Adam Britt (2-31) contributing, too.

In a highly-entertaining encounter at Liles Oval, Redhead secured a four-wicket triumph at the expense of Nelson Bay.

The latter produced the goods with the bat to make 206.

Bryce Causley smashed 72, which included half a dozen boundaries and as many sixes, and he received great support from Ian Dixon (39 not out) and Jeff Simms (24).

Matt King was the pick of the bowlers, with 4-41, while Marcus Christensen grabbed 2-22.

However, Redhead had other ideas.

Christopher Neal blasted an undefeated 88, slashing 14 fours in the process.

And, with Zac Laughlan’s 49, the team reached 6-208.

Ashish Prasher and Tyler Ostle each bagged three scalps.

In the battle of the Wests, the Journeymen (7-107) prevailed by three wickets over Water Board (106) at Blackley Oval.

Unfortunately, the scorecard was incomplete.

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