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Pythons strike in Hunter’s 250th appearance

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The Port Stephens Pythons celebrated Craig Hunter’s milestone match with a resounding 158-run victory over Redhead in the NDCA’s Suburban Districts division one clash at King Park on Saturday.

The club stalwart registered his 250th game in an illustrious career, which includes eight minor premierships, nine grand final appearances and eight titles over a 10-year period.

And, his team-mates rose to the occasion at the weekend.

With openers Leigh Williams (29) and Joshua Moxey (71) laying the foundation with an 83-run stand, the Pythons blasted an impressive 5-227.

Jeremy Kirk also chipped in with an unbeaten 36.

Kyle Burrows picked up 2-41 with the ball.

An under-manned Redhead had no answers in its innings, succumbing for just 69.

Chris Mitchell played the lone hand, top-scoring with 32.

Matthew Dean did the damage, claiming 3-17, while Blake Simpson took a handy 2-20.

Wallsend returned to the winner’s circle, pipping Wests Water Board by three wickets at Jesmond Park.

The visitors only mustered 122, despite the efforts of Matthew Hiriart (54) and Jacob Rippon (17).

Vikram Sharma posed the biggest danger with the pill, snaring 4-51, and was ably supported by Muhammad Umar (2-14) and Shafiq Syed (2-22).

Redhead applied the pressure from the get-go, as Wallsend reached the target at 7-125.

It was left to Varun Sharma (41), Syed (28) and Dibyendu Mishra (17) to guide the hosts home.

Hiriart (2-17), Rippon (2-24) and Alex Jamnik (2-26) shared the bowling honours.

A blazing 74 from Paul Dan paved the way for Merewether’s 35-run triumph at the expense of Premier Hotel at Adamstown Park Oval 2.

His knock, which featured nine boundaries, and cameos from Jarrod Marlborough (25) and Adam Britt (17) enabled the side to post 8-179.

Doug Giles and Jeff Brooks captured 3-32 and 2-20 respectively.

In reply, Premier Hotel fell short of its goal, ending its charge at 9-144, although Giles (46) and Peter Murray (36 tried valiantly.

Losing 6-30 in the latter stages did not help the outfit’s cause either.

Mathew Riding pocketed the figures of 3-26, while Ben Troke secured 2-18.

At Connolly Park, the Mary Ellen Mudrats enjoyed a five-wicket win over the Adamstown Rosebuds.

In a low-scoring affair, the Rosebuds were bundled out for a measly 40.

However, the Mudrats didn’t fare much better, tallying 5-43.

Unfortunately, an incomplete scorecard failed to highlight individual efforts.

The encounter between Wests Journeymen and Nelson Bay, at Blackley Oval, was washed out.

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