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Wallsend Tigers roaring after two successive wins


The Wallsend Tigers made it two from two when they crushed Nelson Bay by five wickets in the Newcastle District Cricket Association’s Suburban Districts division one showdown on Saturday.

After accounting for Redhead CC in the season opener, the side continued its good form at Jesmond Park.

The competition newcomers were sent into bat first but could only manage 123, mainly due to Matt Palmer’s 47 not out and Bryce Causley’s 22.

And, it was Wallsend trio Muhammed Umar, Dibyendu Mishra and Vikram Sharma who did the damage with the ball.

Umar, following a brilliant 3-14 the previous week, backed up with 3-17.

He was ably supported by Mishra (2-19) and Sharma (2-31).

The Tigers then secured the victory in the 28th over.

With Varun Sharma (42), Rohan Mokal (32) and Umar (22 not out) leading the way, Wallsend cruised to 5-124.

The shining light for Nelson Bay was the performance of Matt Hardman, who snared 4-12.

Merewether DCC trounced defending premiers Mary Ellen Mudrats by 97 runs at Connolly Park.

But, it didn’t exactly start in their favour.

Slipping to 2-3, Merewether appeared in huge trouble, however Tim Hodges (61), Luke Stoodley (25), Rowan Kelly (22) and Stephen Pryde (18 not out) lifted the team to 6-170.

Josh Bennett picked up 3-30.

In reply, the Mudrats were bundled out for a paltry 73 – on the back of Brendan Frost’s 31.

James Pryde (3-13) and Tom Lavender (3-19) tore through the line-up.

At Adamstown Park Oval 2, Redhead CC upstaged the Adamstown Rosebuds by 40 runs.

The visitors posted a competitive 150, courtesy of Matthew King (39 not out), Joey Parsons (26), Chris Mitchell (17) and Lee Newton (16).

Corey Bruce and Elliott McLeod shared the spoils, claiming 4-28 and 3-41 respectively.

The Rosebuds never got out of second gear, faltering on 110, with Dean Rigelsford (22) and Bruce (17) troubling the scorers.

Parsons produced a man of the match effort, taking a superb 5-22.

King chipped in with 2-7 to go with his handy knock with the bat.

The Wests Journeymen celebrated their maiden scalp in the top grade, accounting for the Port Stephens Pythons by 43 runs at King Park.

The 2021/22 debutants set the scene early with a challenging 155.

Cameron Wells stood tall with 53, which included four boundaries and a pair of sixes, while Sam Verschoor and Paul Gauci contributed 29 and 25 respectively.

A. Butler toiled for 3-11 and Jarrod Moxey took 3-58.

Despite Lleyton Eveleigh (32) and Josh Dall (24) digging in, the Pythons’ campaign ended at 112.

Scott Shephard looked sharp, collecting 4-31, as did Harry Cornford with 3-28.

Special mention must go to Verschoor who finished with 2-3 from five overs.

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