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Sabres cut down Waratahs to secure T20 crown


The Sabres captured the Newcastle District Cricket Association’s NCC T20 Summer Bash from the Waratahs in an entertaining final at Waratah Oval on Sunday evening.

The Newcastle City outfit clinched the showdown by a mere 14 runs, on the back of Ben Patterson’s outstanding knock with the bat.

He clubbed 73 off 53 balls, plundering five sixes and four boundaries in the process.

Other contributions from James Widerstrom (17), Cooper Southam (16 not out) and Mitchell Nesbitt (15) lifted the Sabres to 8-144.

Connor Blaxhall-Hill and Jonty Durrheim returned 3-22 and 2-25 respectively.

The Waratah-Mayfield line-up started strongly, with James Psarakis (37) and Nathan Hudson (26) getting among the runs.

But, the side’s charge ended at 8-130.

Angus McTaggart ripped in to collect 3-14 and was well-supported by Dylan Hunter (3-21).

Earlier in the day (Sunday 14 February), the Sabres eliminated the Whips by eight wickets.

The Belmont-based team could only manage 9-117 despite the efforts of Greg Hunt (29), Ray Cooper (24), Marcus Hainsworth (20) and Daniel Bailey (20).

Patterson again starred, however this time with the ball.

He took 4-15 and McTaggart chipped in with 3-21.

Even though the Sabres lost Patterson (8) and McTaggart (13) early in the chase, Hunter and Widerstrom guided the side to victory.

The former remained unbeaten on 80, while the latter posted 16 not out.

Luke Muddle claimed 1-7.

In the other T20 semi-final fixture, the Waratahs accounted for the Rosellas by 12 runs.

Blaxall-Hill (55 not out), Hudson (35), Durrheim (24) and Joshua Hardy (22) enabled the hosts to amass a competitive 8-148.

Aaron Bills bagged 3-23 and Joseph Price contributed 2-31.

The Rosellas began in fine fashion.

Price, 61 off 25 balls (including three maximums and seven fours), and Aaron Wivell (33) put on 92 for the opening stand before the innings fell away for 136.

Blake Morley (2-11), Durrheim (2-23) and Hudson (2-29) shared the bowling honours.

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