Wallsend turn points tide SHOT: Rosellas batsman Ben Chew during Sunday’s NCC Summer Bash. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
DELIVERY: Magpies bowler Daniel Chillingworth sends one down at Kahibah Oval. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
STOP: Magpies wicketkeeper Matthew Bench in a 55-run loss to the Rosellas. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
TweetFacebook NCC Summer Bash – Magpies v RosellasPictures by Jonathan CarrollWallsend have breathed life back into their semi-final aspirations after going from outrighted to outrighters in the space of a week.
The Tigers are on the verge of claiming maximum points against Cardiff-Boolaroo after being cleaned up byWests last roundand they could jumpas high as fourth depending on other results from a rain-affected round 12.
The two-day fixturewas one of only two to get on Saturday and seventh-placed Wallsend made the most of the opportunity, needing just five more second-innings wickets to secure the outright victory this weekendwith a lead of 203.
Wallsend won the toss at home and skittledCardiff for 50 after sending them in.
The hosts then piled on 7-291 in 42 overs, featuring a century to Jake Montgomery (101), before declaring.
The last hour of play also went to plan for the Tigers with the visitors left reeling at 5-38 from 17 overs.
“It couldn’t have worked out any better,” Wallsend captain Nathan Price, who will skipper NSW at the National Indigenous Championships in Alice Springs from Monday, said.
“And in the space of a week we’ve gone from watching a partnership of 300 against us to taking 16 for under 100.”
Ladder wise Wallsend are now guaranteed to move up to 46 points, but could reach50 with Charlestown (49), City (49), Hamwicks (48) and University (43) all nearby.
Charlestown will go to 55 after wrappingup first-innings points against Waratah-Mayfield in the only other game to go ahead.
The Magpies are 33 runs in front with Waratah finishing 1-12 at stumps in their second innings.
The Kahibah-Oval visitors were bundled out for 101 after winning the toss and batting.In reply Charlestown declared after reaching 2-146 in 32 overs.
Sri Lankan import Saliya Saman returned with an impressive 4-4 from 10 overs and an unbeaten 50 off 28 balls.
The remaining four matches revert to 90-over fixtures, without one-day rules but a maximum innings of 45 overs,this Saturday.
Wests hostMerewether in a top-of-the-table clash, Hamwicks travelto Belmont, City headover to Stockton and University meetToronto.
Meanwhile, the Rosellas (Wests) and Pumas (Hamwicks) remain the sole unbeaten sides in the NCC Summer Bash afterrounds two and three on Sunday.
The Rosellas accounted for the Magpies by 55 runs and Seagulls by nine wickets in back-to-back gamesat Kahibah Oval.
Rosellas paceman Brad Aldous took 5-9 in the opener while recently crowned n Country Championship player of the tournament Joseph Price made 94 off 48 balls across both fixtures.
Over at Townson Oval and the Pumas got the job done against hosts the Lions (Merewether) by six wickets and then the Waratahs (Waratah-Mayfield) by 173 runs.
Pumas marquee Mark Dries scored 75 and took 3-10 in game two.
It was a mixed bag for Cardiff-Boolaroo at Miller Field with a tight loss to the Whips (Belmont) and a super-over win against the Sabres (City).
The Sea Dragons (University) also went one and one at Ron Hill Oval with a loss to the Kookaburras (Toronto) and a win over the Tigers (Wallsend).
Rounds four and five will be played with similar triple headers at Lynn, Harker, Passmore and Waratah ovals this Sunday.
LADDER: Merewether 67, Wests 63, Charlestown 49, City 49, Hamwicks 48, University 43, Wallsend 40, Belmont 39, Toronto 33, Waratah 22, Stockton 21, Cardiff 16.