Waratah Wins All Four Grades vs. Stockton

11th November 2019

Our Grade boys continued our recent dominance against Stockton on Saturday with wins in all 4 grades. Unfortunately, our 5th Grade boys lost their first game of the year by a wicket against Newcastle City to deny the club it's first President's Keg of the season. The C&S boys also went down in their fixtures out the back at Waratah Park.

1st Grade traveled to Lynn Oval determined to make amends for back-to-back close losses. Declan Owens (56) ensured we started well batting first, before Lachy Curtis (108) took over to score a run a ball century and lead the boys to a strong total of 223. Jonty Durrheim (42) continued his run of scores to close the innings. Ben Sullivan then got a wicket first ball of the Stockton innings to get things off to the perfect start. From there, the boys went on the grind, with Lachy Taylor (3/30) and Durrheim (2/44) doing the job through the middle overs, before Sullivan (3/42) closed out Stockton's innings at 193.

Back home at Waratah Oval, 2nd Grade were playing for a spot in the Royce McCormack Cup final. Batting first, we were able to put together a below par 139, with skipper Dean Marjoribanks (44) the top scorer. With the ball, we were sublime, with all bowlers putting in top performances to skittle Stockton for 63. David Sutherland (3/4), Rob Hill (3/14) and Nathan Robins (3/27) were all crucial in the win, which sees our boys top the ladder after the one dayers to host the RMC Final on November 24th.

Like 2nds, 3rd Grade didn't quite put the runs on the board they were hoping, with Tom Newman's 34* bumping us up to 137 after 40 overs. Earlier, the Redpath boys, Daniel (21) and Michael (30) set up the innings. With the ball, Tommy Sheehan was the hero with 4/23 to bowl Stockton out for 111 and move our guys back into the top 4.

4th Grade were celebrating Steve Christie officially breaking the NDCA games record, and the mix of veterans and youth got the job done. Crunch took 3/35 to mark the occasion, and 15 year old Jimmy Skelly took 5/27 in a great spell of off-spin bowling. Martin Francis (58) did the hard yards in the chase of 143, before another 15 year old in Sam Jones (51*) showed his all round talent to ice the game.

Taine Barker (41) top scored for 5ths as they put on 142 from their 40. It proved to not quite be enough as it was chased 9 wickets down in the third last over of the day. Sam Carless (4/35) was the pick of the bowlers.

The C5s went down to Windale on Waratah 4. Windale set a massive 259 which was always going to be a tough ask. In reply our boys managed 121.

The D2s also lost in their fixture vs. local rivals Town Hall. Town Hall put on 166 and we were only able to score 111 in the chase. The loss sees Bear's Boys slip to 4th on the ladder.

Full Scorecards: http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/…/publ…/rv/clubresults.aspx…

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