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Rain plays havoc with Cessnock T20 decider

Unfortunately, Mother Nature intervened in the Cessnock District Cricket Association Tier One T20 grand final at the weekend, with Bellbird and the Wine Country Wood Ducks sharing the premiership honours.

In a setback to both clubs, the decider was washed out at East End, shortly after the start of play on Saturday 30 January.

The Wood Ducks were sent into bat first – and were 2-31 after 3.4 overs when the heavens opened up and abandoned the showdown.

Jack Morris looked in superb touch at the crease with 23, including three big sixes straight down the ground.

Joey Main (2-2 off 0.4) claimed both Bellbird’s wickets with his first over.

The Tier Two encounter between Bellbird and Greta/Branxton was scheduled for the Saturday morning.

It was postponed to the Sunday but it, too, was washed out.

The 40-over competition will resume this Saturday 6 February, with just five weeks remaining before semi-finals begin.

Just a reminder about the significant event that will take place on Saturday 13 February when the Piranhas take on Supporters for the Becky Lowder Memorial Shield in the fourth grade game at Baddeley 1.

The Piranhas have won the trophy the past two years and are looking for a three-peat.

Paul Crocker has skippered the Piranhas side on these couple of occasions in what has been an emotional day for both clubs.

And, each team is looking forward to the clash.

Crocker is the father and Debbie Lowder the mother of Becky, who at the age of 12 unfortunately lost her battle with cancer back in July 2014.  

Meanwhile, the Cessnock District senior representative squad will tackle Suburban Districts this Sunday (7 February) from 10am at Lorn Park in the final of the John Bull Shield.

Cessnock last held the shield in 2016-17.

The Newcastle-based side defeated Cessnock by five wickets at East End when the two outfits met earlier in the season.

The team will consist of Joey Butler (c, Greta/Branxton), Jason Orr (Bellbird), Drew Olsen (Mulbring), Cameron Ross (Mulbring), Fletcher Sharpe (Piranhas), Matt Hopley (Piranhas), Mark Crowfoot (Piranhas), Sam Peacock (Wine Country), Jason Varoxis (Mulbring), Brent Watson (Greta/Branxton), Patrick Andrews (Greta/Branxton), Zach Sneesby (Mulbring).

Points tables 2020-21

First grade: Greta/Branxton 24, Bellbird 22, Wine Country 18, Mulbring 14, Piranhas 14

Second grade: Chelmsford Hotel 47**, Wine Country 43**, Bellbird 35**, Greta/Branxton 35**, Piranhas 26**

* byes received, 0 points allocated

Third grade: Bellbird 50, Wine Country White 50, Piranhas 47, Wine Country Blue 45, Greta/Branxton 43, Mulbring 39

Fourth grade: Chelmsford Hotel 51*, Bellbird White 50*, Greta/Branxton Blue 49*, Bellbird Maroon 47*, Cessnock Hotel 42*, Wine Country 35**, Piranhas 31*, Greta/Branxton White 31*, Supporters 31*

* byes received, 0 points allocated

Club championship: Greta/Branxton 385.00, Bellbird 381.50, Wine Country 371.00, Piranhas 276.50

Club championship formula: first grade x 7, second grade x 3.5, third grade x 1.4, fourth grade x 0.7

(NB: The team with the higher total points in grades where clubs have more than one side will contribute to the club championship)

  • Mark Bercini
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