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Newcastle Rebels, Cessnock start John Bull Shield campaigns in style

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Newcastle Suburban Districts Rebels and Cessnock started their respective John Bull Shield campaigns in fine style at the weekend.

The prestigious interdistrict cricket tournament, featuring five associations, began in a blaze of glory on Sunday, with some impressive individual performances.

With Port Stephens’ Jarrod Moxley (80), Adam Fitzhenry (49) and Matthew Hiriart (48) in charge, the Rebels smashed 305 against the Upper Hunter Wombats at Cardiff No 2.

For the away side, Dom Cooper collected 4-48 off 8.5 overs, with Shaun Wilkins chipping in with 2-61.

Upper Hunter slumped to 5-49, in reply, however the team was aided by Hayden Quinlivan, who compiled a handy 48.

But, despite that knock, the Wombats succumbed for 171… 134 runs in arrears.

Captain Mitchell Kroehnert did most of the damage with 3-12, while Michael Rippon snared 3-20.

Cessnock all-rounder Patrick Andrews notched his maiden top level half century (66 not out) against Singleton in the opening round of the John Bull Shield at Howe Park. Photo: Greg Andrews

Cessnock kicked off its rep season on the right foot with a 92-run victory over Singleton at Howe Park.

Doubling as a Coalfields grudge match, the visitors were asked to bat first on a deck that still had a little moisture in it.

They were reeling at 8-100, until genuine all-rounder Patrick Andrews (66 not out) resurrected proceedings with a timely maiden half-century at the top level.

Earlier in the innings, Chris Murray made a patient 37, as did skipper Joey Butler with 12, while Zac Kronholm (13) and Jack Knight (10 not out) played important support roles at the end.

Cessnock managed to bat its mandatory 50 overs to close off at a respectable 9-189.

Barton Jones was Singleton’s best with the four-piece with 4-31 off 10, with Brandon Carman (1-33 off 6), Hayden Moorcroft (1-34 off 9), Archit Bele (1-39 off 10), Cooper Bailey (1-24 off 10) and Mason Knodler (1-23 off 5) all picking up a scalp each.

The hosts lost regular wickets in reply and were eventually all out in the 31st over for 97.

Cult hero Mewa Jeetarwal led the way wih 38, with Shane Givney (17) and skipper Clint Ratatagia (10) making starts.

Luke Sweeney was Cessnock’s pick of the attack with 4-26 off 9.3, with fellow “Bellfish” bowlers Zac Kronholm (3-18 off 6) and Matthew Hopley (3-23 off 9) playing vital roles, too.

Round two continues on Sunday 5 November, with Cessnock facing Maitland Black at Branxton’s Miller Park, Singleton travelling to Scone to tackle the Wombats and the Rebels receiving the bye.

  • With Mark Bercini

John Bull Shield

Round two draw (Sunday 5 November)

  • 10am: Upper Hunter Wombats v Singleton (Bill Rose Sports Complex)
  • 10am: Cessnock v Maitland Flood (Miller Park)
  • Bye: Newcastle Suburban Districts Rebels

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