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Valley third grader hands out cricketing lesson

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Valley third grader Chris Howard handed out a batting lesson in round nine of the combined Singleton and Cessnock Districts cricket competition (SCDCC) at the weekend.

With his team in a sport of bother against Piranhas at Cook Park No. 2, he entered the fray at the fall of the second wicket.

And, he resurrected the innings by smashing an unbeaten 113 off just 80 balls.

Howard’s knock consisted of 15 boundaries and three maximums to set up a healthy target of 223.

In firsts, Greta-Branxton’s hoodoo against Valley/JPC continued, as they once again capitulated chasing a low total.

The defending premiers made it five wins on the trot against its counterparts, prevailing by 72 at Cook Park No. 3.

The hosts batted first and recovered from 7-57 to post a modest 138 on the back of skipper Daniel Storey who made 40.

Other willowmen to lend a helping hand included Shane Givney (26), Tristan Muir (20no), Brandon Carman (18) and Chris Skilton (15).

Jace Lawson (3-23 off 7.4) and Connor Thomson (2-28 off 8) were the pick of the Greta-Branxton attack, with skipper Joey Butler also having a trundle and taking 2-14.

The Blues had no answers in reply as they were skittled before the drinks’ interval for a dismal 66.

Chris Murray (17) and Lawson (14) reached double figures.

Muir completed a fine all-round man-of-the-match performance with a brilliant spell of pace bowling to finish with the very tidy figures of 6-19 off 6.5, with English import George Wilson chipping in with 2-15.

In the only other fixture played, Piranhas/Bellbird joined Valley/JPC at the top of the ladder on the back of an easy eight-wicket win over Glendon at Howe Park.

A depleted Glendon batted first and was all out for 109, with former skipper Cael Smith leading the way with 26.

Marcus Downes (20) and captain Anthony Bailey (20) were the other batsmen to make starts.

Billy Orr (3-30 off 8), co-skipper Luke Sweeney (3-14 off 8) and Matt Hopley (2-10 off 7) were the main wicket takers for the visitors.

The Bellfish wasted no time achieving the target, reaching it in just the 12th over after losing the two wickets.

Openers Hopley (52) and Rob Drage (47) timed the ball crisply, with Clancy Cameron (1-43 off 5) and Anthony Bailey (1-10 off 0.5) taking the scalps for Glendon.

The scheduled match between Wine Country and PCH at Allandale was washed out after the heavens opened up at Cessnock just before lunch time.   

  • Mark Bercini

SCDCC results:

Second grade

  • Denman 10/132 (Darren Allum 38, Chris Sowter 19, Riley Mortimer 15, Hunter Ball 13, Craig Rees 4-11 off 8, Greg O’Connor 2-9 off 2.2) defeated Wine Country 8/130 (Jason McMichael 29no, Charlie Wilton 26, Jaiden Herbert24, Harrisen Christensen 13, Hunter Ball 3-18 off 8, Chris Sowter 2-30 off 7)
  • JPC 3/75 (Cody Rowe 26no, Andrew Knox 21, James Halpin 1-23 off 5, Tanveer Singh 1-15 off 3, Jamie Moore 1-3 off 1) defeated Greta-Branxton 10/74 (Fazel Khan 10no, Thomas Pearce 5-17 off 7, Brad Driscoll 2-7 off 8, Sam Pearce 2-9 off 4.4)
  • Piranhas v Glendon/PCH at East End washed out

Third grade

  • JPC 7/144 (Greg Thrift 51, Harry Moore 22no, Jack Gilmore 12no, Nigel Charnock 3-19 off 5, Cameron Charnock 2-30 off 6) defeated Greta-Branxton 10/140 (Ben Regan 43, Lachlan Yule 22, Jason Varley 22, Blake Campbell 13, Daniel Thrift 3-11 off 7, Jonah Andrews 3-16 off 3, Austin Maher 2-46 off 8)
  • Valley 10/223 (Chris Sowter 113no, Liam Storey 20, Mason Kelly 18, Mark Dunstan 15, Jason Barry 13, Lance Lennard 2-9 off 8, Scott Burgess 2-52 off 8, Daniel Olsen 2-45 off 8, Mark White 2-3 off 1.2) defeated Piranhas 9/179 (Andrew Beer 35, Lance Lennard 30, Mark White 28, Daniel Olsen 22, Seth Simmonds 15no, Ross Burden 3-32 off 7, Liam Storey 3-31 off 8)
  • Wine Country v Denman at Baddeley 2 washed out
  • Bye: Hotel Cessnock

Fourth grade

  • Wine Country 3/128 (Chris O’Neill 49, Lachlan O’Neill 42no, Matt Hollis 20no, Glenn McHugh 2-21 off 4) defeated Supporters 10/123 (Nev Taylor 40, Scott Minter 34, Tomas Woods 19, Kobe Minter 16, Gary Rauber 3-27 off 6, Noah Holt 3-22 off 5)
  • Piranhas v Hotel Cessnock at Turner Park washed out
  • Bye: Greta-Branxton

Points tables (after round eight)

  • First grade: Piranhas/Bellbird 36*, Valley/JPC 36*, Greta-Branxton 33*, PCH 24*, Wine Country 21*, Creeks 9**, Glendon 3**

* bye received, no points awarded

  • Second grade: JPC 45, Bellbird 45, Denman 39, Greta-Branxton 27, Creeks 21, Piranhas 18, Wine Country 15, Glendon/PCH 6
  • Third grade: Valley 30**, Wine Country 30*, Hotel Cessnock 24**#, Greta-Branxton 24*, JPC 21*, Piranhas 21*, Denman 6*

*  bye received, no points awarded

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

  • Fourth grade:  Wine Country 36*, Supporters 24**, Hotel Cessnock 21**, Greta-Branxton 21**, Piranhas 6*

* bye received, no points awarded

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