Newcastle claim first Regional Bash title

SHOT: Newcastle Blasters after winning the Regional Bash final at the SCG on Sunday night. Picture: Twitter via @IvanSpyrdzDylan Hunter has produced an excellent all-round performance to help the Newcastle Blasters claim their first Regional Bash title after defeating reigning champions the Orana Outlaws in Sunday night’s final at the SCG.

Hunter top scored with 54 runs batting at No.4 and then took 2-21 from his four overs of left-arm orthodox spinners as the Novocastrians kept their NSW central west opponents at bay by 16 runs.

Despite losing 5-7 in their last two oversthe Blasters successfully defended169, dismissing the Outlaws for 153 on the third last ball of the T20 tournament decider.

It was the first time Newcastle had made the top-two showdown while Orana had featured in each of the competition’s three maingames.

Hunter’s half-centuryproved pivotal to the outcome –constantly keeping the scoreboard ticking, finding the boundary on either side of the pitchand smashing back-to-back sixes back over the bowler’s head three-quarters of the way through the innings.

The City player then backed it up with the ball, chiming in with two handy wickets.

Blasters skipper Nathan Price (49) contributed again at the top of the order, falling one short of a fifty, while Jonty Durrheim (23) and Jed Dickson (17) bothmade starts.

In the field Dickson took a diving catch over his shoulder from a skied shot and created a run out from the deep with a fine throw to wicketkeeper Ben Balcomb.

NSW Country all-rounder Joe Price, who was cleared to play this week despite a groin injury, took the final wicket.

Earlier in the day Newcastle beat Northern Rivers Rock by 65 runs in asemi-final at the same venue after reaching 7-183. Man-of-the-match Nathan Price got58.

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— Ivan Spyrdz (@IvanSpyrdz) December 10, 2017

The overall result caps off an outstanding representative campaign by Newcastle with the Regional Bash crown now sitting alongside the NSW Country Championships trophy from last month.

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