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SCDCA: Honours shared over the opening rounds

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The battle between bat and ball appears quite even in the combined Singleton and Cessnock districts cricket competition.

With all round eight matches falling victim to the weather gods at the weekend, it’s an opportune time to acknowledge the top performers in each grade at the halfway point of 2023/24.

In firsts, PCH batsman Jackson Cox is leading the charge, amassing 230 runs at an average of 38.33, thanks to a top score of 72.

But, he’s closely followed by Piranhas/Bellbird duo Robert Drage and Jason Orr, along with Greta/Branxton pair Connor Thomson and Joey Butler.

Although he has only accumulated 192 from his handful of appearances this season, Orr boasts a century to his name, 113 not out, while averaging 64.

So far, the bowling honours lay with Creeks’ Daniel Tracey.

He’s collected 15 wickets at 12.60 apiece, backed by a 4-19 haul.

Again, Piranhas/Bellbird boasts two star performers in Matthew Hopley, who claimed 6-7 in one match, and Billy Orr.

Rounding out the top five are Greta/Branxton’s Jace Lawson and Wine Country’s Luke Jeans.

2023/24 statistics after round eight:

First grade

Batting

  • Jackson Cox (PCH): 230 runs (38.33 average); top score 72
  • Robert Drage (Piranhas/Bellbird): 208 (52.00); 56no
  • Connor Thomson (Greta/Branxton): 204 (40.80); 82
  • Jason Orr (Piranhas/Bellbird): 192 (64.00); 113no
  • Joey Butler (Greta/Branxton): 162 (32.40); 69no 

Bowling

  • Daniel Tracey (Creeks): 15 wickets (12.60 average); best bowling 4-19 (8)
  • Jace Lawson (Greta/Branxton): 14 (7.14); 4-11 (8)
  • Luke Jeans (Wine Country): 14 (11.86); 6-43 (8)
  • Matthew Hopley (Piranhas/Bellbird): 13 (4.54); 6-7 (6)
  • Billy Orr (Piranhas/Bellbird): 12 (8.67); 5-23 (5)

Second grade    

Batting

  • Andrew Knox (JPC): 288 runs (72.00 average); top score 69
  • Noah McNamara (Greta/Branxton): 216 (54.00); 59no
  • Chad Solman (Creeks): 202 (40.40); 103
  • John Apps (Denman): 195 (39.00); 60
  • Hunter Ball (Denman): 188 (62.67); 114

Bowling

  • Brad Driscoll (JPC): 15 wickets (9.67 average); best bowling 4-9 (8)
  • Johan Briendenhann (Wine Country): 15 (14.87); 6-29 (5)
  • Siaan Carman (JPC): 13 (11.23); 4-28 (6)
  • Mark Donnelly (Denman): 13 (11.62); 4-19 (7)
  • Jack Swift (Bellbird); 12 (15.17); 6-42 (7)

Third grade

Batting                              

  • Greg Thrift (JPC): 189 runs (63.00 average); top score 80no
  • Troy Barnett (Valley): 152 (38.00); 93
  • Chris Howard (Valley): 142 (35.50); 58
  • Nigel Charnock (Greta/Branxton): 140 (35.00); 67
  • Austin Maher (JPC): 138 (34.50); 66

Bowling                            

  • Scott Burgess (Piranhas): 18 wickets (6.72 average); best bowling 7-16 (7)
  • Mason Kelly (Valley): 15 (6.67); 7-12 (6.5)
  • Jason McMichael (Wine Country): 12 (4.25); 3-6 (4)
  • Jordan Field (Hotel Cessnock): 12 (5.75); 5-30 (8)
  • Riley Rees (Wine Country): 11 (9.00); 3-20 (8)

Fourth grade     

Batting                              

  • Henry Beverley (Greta/Branxton): 211 runs (52.75 average): top score 84
  • Dylan Stoker (Hotel Cessnock): 169 (42.25); 51
  • Tobias Shields (Wine Country): 135 (45.00); 55
  • Chris O Neill (Wine Country): 134 (-); 120no
  • Zach Macbeth (Greta/Branxton): 129 (43.00); 65

Bowling                            

  • Zach Macbeth (Greta/Branxton): 10 wickets (17.10 average); best bowling 3-14 (5)
  • Henry Beverley (Greta/Branxton): 9 (10.56); 2-6 (5)
  • Nicholas Wallace (Hotel Cessnock): 9 (14.44); 4-30 (8)
  • Glen McHugh (Supporters): 7 (9.86); 4-8 (6)
  • Matt Blake (Hotel Cessnock): 7 (16.29); 4-31 (8)

Points tables

  • First grade: Greta-Branxton 33*, Piranhas/Bellbird 30*, Valley/JPC 30*, PCH 21*, Wine Country 18*, Creeks 9*, Glendon 3**

* bye received, no points awarded

  • Second grade: Bellbird 45, JPC 39, Denman 33, Greta-Branxton 27, Wine Country 15, Piranhas 15, Creeks 15, Glendon/PCH 3
  • Third grade: Wine Country 27*, Valley 24**, Hotel Cessnock 24*#, Greta-Branxton 24*, Piranhas 21*, JPC 15*, Denman 3*

*  bye received, no points awarded

#  Lost points 18/11/23 for playing unregistered player

  • Fourth grade: Wine Country 30*, Supporters 24**, Greta-Branxton 21*, Hotel Cessnock 18**, Piranhas 3*

* bye received, no points awarded

Meanwhile, seven organisations – including Creeks and Jerry Plains cricket clubs, scored big under round one of the Singleton Sports Grant Program 2023/2024, sharing in a total of $42,359.72.

The initiative is designed to allow them to purchase small items of equipment, make minor repairs to buildings or grounds, stage events, or complete strategic planning works or prepare for grant applications for larger projects.

Creeks collected $450 while Jerrys Plans pocketed $1,169, both for iPads.

Other beneficiaries included Singleton Roosters AFC ($3200 – Ice baths and junior footballs), Singleton PCYC ($4263 – Amateur boxing event), Singleton Clay Target Club ($9,727.27 – 5-stand wireless controls and Chondel trap machine upgrade), Singleton Golf Club ($9,210.45 – Tree removal), Singleton Golf Club $9575 – Cart access) and Singleton Junior Rugby League ($4,765 – SJRL equipment upgrade and first aid development).

Singleton Council’s director infrastructure and planning services Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said the projects would help local sporting clubs to continue their important work.

“This grant program goes a long way in recognising the contribution our groups make in developing and maintaining initiatives and facilities which supports the wellbeing and health of our community,” he explained.

“It’s an avenue for sports clubs to highlight needs or gaps for their particular sport and to work with council to address those.”

Round two will open for applications on 26 February.

For more information on the grant fund, including funding parameters, eligible projects and to download an application form, visit www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/sportsgrants

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