Major runs Belmont home

Major runs Belmont home DELIVERY: University paceman Jackson Thompson in action on Saturday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

DEFENCE: Stockton-Raymond Terrace batsman Leigh Osmond. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

HAUL: University celebrate one of Michael Radnidge’s 10 wickets for the match. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook NDCA – University v Stockton-Raymond TerracePictures by Max Mason-HubersA career-best 176 not out from Jesse Major almost single-handedly delivered Belmont valuable first-innings points on Saturday and kept the club’s semi-final aspirations alive for 2017-2018.

Major, who belted 26 boundaries and two sixes, featured in back-to-back century partnerships as the hosts chased down Waratah-Mayfield’s 7-293 with six wicketsin hand and 10.2overs to spare at Miller Field.

It was Major’s fifth ton in the Newcastle District Cricket Association first grade competition since making his debut for Charlestown almost a decade ago, but after stints at City, University and now Belmont this was by far the top performance.

“It was a super knock,” Belmont skipper Mark Littlewood said.

“It was probably one of the better ones I’ve seen for a number of years.

“He’s been threatening to do something like this for a while now. He’s looked good all season without going on with it. For us it was really importantthat he kicked on after gettingto 100 and outside a close stumping on about 130 it was pretty much chanceless.”

The 25-year-old right-handed batsman found himself out in the middlefirst over of the innings after the dismissal of opener Sam Logan (0) and then remained there for the next 72.

Major and opener Toby Gray (37) put on 118 for the second wicket before combining with Littlewood (47) for a 125-run stand.

This combated the unbeaten 165 made by opponent Jonty Durrheim, adding 40 to his own overnight tally and 58 to the team’s total during the eight overs faced by the visitorsearlier on day two.

The result puts Belmont seventh on the ladder but within striking distance of the top four and14 points clear of ninth-placed Waratah.

Elsewhere in round eightand Toronto’s first win of the season brought Newcastle City’s undefeated run to an end with the Kookaburrasdismissing the Sabres (120) 35 runs short, including a collapse of 6-21.

Hamwicks all-rounder Sam Webber took 7-65as Charlestown (223) finished 33 shy of the Pumas despite the efforts ofBayley McGill (97 not out), Merewether ended up 34 ahead against Wallsend (210), Wests cruised past Cardiff-Boolaroo’s 145 but couldn’t get maximum points while 99 to Stockton-Raymond Terrace’s Nick Foster staved off an outright loss toUniversity.

LADDER: Merewether 50, Wests 46, City 41, Charlestown 36, Hamwicks36, Wallsend 33, Belmont 31, University 30, Waratah19, Toronto 15, Stockton13, Cardiff 8.

BLASTERS: Newcastle advance to Regional Bash final at SCG

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