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Waratah shock Hamwicks with Twenty20 run chase

ON THE UP: City’s Ryan van Kemenade batting against University at Learmonth Park on Sunday. Picture: Dean OslandNEWCASTLE district cricket strugglers Waratah-Mayfield will head into the new year with renewed hope after beating Hamilton-Wickham on Sunday in the upset of the season.

A day after losing outright to Toronto, Waratah (5-159) chased down Hamwicks’ 8-158 with three balls to spare at Passmore Oval to record their second Twenty20 win.

‘‘It really suits our style, I think, more than the longer version of the game,’’ Tahs captain James Rushford said.

‘‘We have a lot of aggressive batters, so it’s working out for us at the moment.’’

Opening batsman Dean Marjoribanks led the way for Waratah with 57. Earlier, Mark Dries (47) and Josh Trappel (41) made runs for Hamwicks.

The win means Waratah will qualify for the T20 finals if they defeat Wests in their final game on January 15.

The University debut of former NSW fast bowler Aaron Bird did not eventuate after he pulled out of the game against Newcastle City at Learmonth Park.

Uni (6-114) still defeated City (113), but it was far from convincing.

‘‘Aaron was playing up until a couple of days ago as he had work commitments and pulled out, which was very unfortunate,’’ Uni skipper Luke Bird said.

‘‘Hopefully we can get him for a game after Christmas.’’

City captain-coach Mitch Claydon made 30, including two massive sixes, one over the clubhouse and another into a nearby tennis court.

In reply, Uni were shaky at 5-69 after 13 overs following a freakish one-handed overhead catch by Bryce Garrett two metres inside the fence.

Garrett then followed the catch with a run out from deep mid on. But wayward bowling at the death and quality hitting by Tim Prescott (36 not out) delivered Uni victory in the 18th over.

At Townson Oval, Merewether (4-185) beat Cardiff-Boolaroo (8-148) thanks to Troy Goodwin’s unbeaten 95 off 54 balls.

Andrew Nicolai (78) pushed Toronto Workers (7-170) into equal fourth spot when he starred in a victory over Belmont (6-126) at Cahill Oval.

Anthony Hobson’s first appearance of the season for Wests (8-114) almost delivered the strugglers a shock win over Charlestown (7-125) at Kahibah Oval.

The former rep all-rounder turned umpire came to the crease in the 14th over when Wests were 6-53.

Hobson (55) belted three sixes and three boundaries to give Wests hope. But that was extinguished when Chris Connors (2-25) bowled Hobson in the 20th over.

Wallsend’s (7-123) slide continued at Wallsend Oval when Stockton-Raymond Terrace (5-126) chased down the target in 13.2 overs, due to power-hitting by Terry Crittenden (49) and Jeff Goninan (41 not out).

Nathan Hudson delivers on promise

Nathan HudsonWHEN Nathan Hudson made his Newcastle district cricket first-grade debut for Toronto Workers in 2009-10, the then 18-year-old arrived on the scene with big expectations.

Making 292 not out, the highest score in the 125-year history of the association, in a Denis Broad Cup game guaranteed that.

After several seasons at Toronto and then Waratah-Mayfield and back again, the 24-year-old finally has delivered on that promise.

Hudson’s 113 against former club Waratah on Saturday formed the backbone of Toronto’s outright victory at Ron Hill Oval, moving the Lake Macquarie boys to equal fourth going into Christmas.

‘‘Once I got those big scores in the Denis Broad Cup when I came into first grade I copped a bit of stick, so it’s nice to get that 100 off the back,’’ Hudson said.

Hudson started the pre-season with Waratah but shifted back to Toronto on the eve of the first round.

‘‘I did the pre-season training with Waratah, but then my girlfriend got pregnant so we moved back to Morisset so I went back to Toronto,’’ he said.

‘‘Being back it feels like I’m where I need to be.’’

Toronto began day two at 0-52 in reply to Waratah’s 159.

Hudson and opening partner David McCredie (61) delivered first-innings points for the home side with an opening partnership of 171.

NSW Country batsman Greg Hunt (64) then partnered Hudson for another 70 runs to eventually take Toronto to a declaration of 4-249.

Former Waratah skipper Ashley Weekes backed up his 4-29 from the first innings by claiming 4-41 in the second dig to roll the visitors for 123, leaving Toronto 34 runs to chase for the outright win, which they achieved one wicket down.

At Lynn Oval, final pair Sam Jenkinson and Lincoln Melmeth edged past Belmont’s 127 to earn first-innings points for Stockton.

Stockton began the day at 9-121 and moved to 140 before Melmeth fell for 12. Jenkinson finished unbeaten on 54.

Belmont were 5-45 in the second innings before skipper Mark Littlewood (77 not out) guided the side to 9-183.

Hamilton-Wickham crushed Wests at No.1 Sportsground to take outright points.

Hamwicks were out for 191, a lead of 105.

That laid the platform for Matt Webber to stifle Wests with his nagging accuracy.

In a magnificent spell of 5-8, Webber destroyed Wests for 106, leaving Hamwicks just two runs to score for a second outright win.

In the one-day games, Merewether (185) beat Cardiff-Boolaroo at Cardiff Oval after a 50 from Troy Goodwin.

Cardiff’’s batsmen crumbled for 125 under the pressure of Mark Cameron (3-25) and Tim O’Neill (3-15).

Newcastle City (91) again misfired with the bat against Charlestown after being sent in at Kahibah Oval.

A hat-trick to City’s Rhys Gallen (4-16) reduced Charlestown to 3-0 early, but Sri Lankan Roscoe Thattil (39 not out) and Chris Connors (23 not out) steered the home side to victory at 5-93.

University (215) were comfortable winners over Wallsend (120) at Wallsend Oval due to half centuries from Matt Gawthrop (50) and Grant Stewart (56).

Tim Prescott claimed 5-17 for Uni to take his season tally to 32 wickets at 8.28.

One-match ban hangs over Steve Smith for slow over-rate

Steve Smith has a one-Test ban hanging over his head for the next 12 months, potentially affecting Australia’s Ashes defence, after his team was punished for a slow over-rate during the second Test in Brisbane.

And for the second Test in a row an Indian player was found guilty of inappropriate conduct.

The International Cricket Council fined Smith 60 per cent of his match fee, or $8400, after match referee Jeff Crowe ruled Australia to be three overs short of its target.

Should Australia incur another minor over-rate offence in the next 12 months with Smith in charge he will be rubbed out for a Test. This could have implications for Australia’s campaign in England next year, particularly if Michael Clarke does not recover in time for the Ashes.

Not only would Australia be missing one of their best batsmen, they would also need to install another captain.

This should ensure Australia show more urgency between overs though the docking of 30 per cent — 10 per cent for each over — of each player’s match fee ($4200) will also act as a deterrent.

India was not punished though both sides regularly had drinks run out into the middle between overs.

Smith had been hoping officials would take into consideration the oppressive heat and humidity on day one, though the Australians believed they had been square with the over rate on that day.

That means they may have been punished for their tardiness on day four. They bowled only 23 overs in the first session. Ninety overs is the required number per day.

Coach Darren Lehmann expressed his frustration with slow over-rates after play on the first day though he said guests in corporate boxes and ground officials walking in front of sightscreens were also to blame along with players.

“There’s time-wasting going on everywhere. We’ve got to get better at that as a side,” Lehmann said.

India paceman Ishant Sharma was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for the send-off he gave Smith after claiming his wicket in the first innings.

He is the third Indian to be fined in this series, joining Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, who, along with David Warner, were punished for indiscretions in Adelaide.

Kohli, however, escaped censure for his provocative celebrations at the fall of Shane Watson’s wicket in Australia’s first innings.

Call-up fans Olympic rugbyflame for Mollie Gray

RIO CHANCE: Mollie Gray is embracing her step up to the national Sevens team. GROWING up Mollie Gray dreamed of representing Australia at the Olympic Games in swimming.

Four hours a day, six days a week she would follow the pool’s black line, churning out lap after lap.

A member of the Maitland Swimming Club, she also worked with a small squad at Kurri Kurri.

‘‘It is every sporty kids dream to go to the Olympics,’’ Gray said.

‘‘I wanted to be a swimmer and raced competitively until about 17, just before I finished high school.

‘‘I was a 100m freestyle and medley girl.

‘‘My idol was Ian Thorpe. I thought he was pretty cool because he had huge feet.

‘‘In the end it didn’t work out for me. School got in the road and then I joined the Army.’’

But Gray’s Olympic flame is burning brighter than ever.

A rugby oval has replaced the pool as her field of dreams.

Rugby Sevens and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics is now the focus.

The 25-year-old back-rower is one of three new additions to the 2015 Sevens program – a contracted squad based in Narrabeen and funded by the Australian Rugby Union.

A proud member of the Australian Defence Force, Gray remains employed by the Australian Army but will train and play rugby full-time.

She completed her post at Singleton army base a fortnight ago and has relocated to Dee Why.

The squad, which includes fellow Novocastrian Tanisha Stanton, reassembles after a Christmas break on January 3.

‘‘I am so excited,’’ Gray said.

‘‘I did the induction program with RUPA a couple of weeks ago. We start training on January 3 with testing.’’

Gray’s selection follows a strong performance for the Wallaroos at the World Cup in France earlier this year in which she badly injured her knee.

‘‘I trained with the Sevens squad a couple of times before the World Cup and before we went over I was told I had been shortlisted for a contract,’’ she said. ‘‘When I got back and had the surgery I rang and asked if they were still interested in me.

‘‘The level of rehab I was going to do hinged on whether they wanted me.

‘‘They said they were still looking at me. I got stuck into the rehab. The last 16 weeks has been crazy. I have worked my butt off and am close to full fitness. I just need to play games.’’

The top four IRB ranked countries automatically qualify for the Rio Olympics.

Australia finished second, going down to New Zealand in the final, in the series opener in Dubai earlier this month.

Tournaments in Brazil from February 7, the US (March 14-15), Canada (April 18-19), England (May 15-16) and The Netherlands (May 22-23) await.

‘‘‘I have a lot of work ahead of me but the transition from playing No.8 in 15-a-side to Sevens is not too difficult,’’ Gray said. ‘‘There is a lot more running and conditioning. My training has changed but I still need to be a big forward.

‘‘My size, ball running and strength around the ruck are my main assets.’’

SIDELINES: Old Bull calls full-time at Herald

THEY didn’t come much tougher on the footy field than former Waratah-Mayfield, Canterbury, NSW Country and NSW lock Mike Trypas.

But ‘‘Tryppa’’ showed his soft side in an emotional farewell with colleagues at the Newcastle Herald on Friday afternoon.

The big man had a steady supply of tissues coming his way as he called full-time on his career in the Herald’s advertising department.

His 40 years on the job made him the paper’s longest-serving current employee.

Tryppa, pictured above with cartoonist Peter Lewis, was a regular visitor to the Herald sport department.

The thoughts and perspectives of the ‘‘Old Bull’’ on rugby league and life in general were always appreciated and will be missed.

All the best for a well earned retirement, Tryppa.

THE hunt is on for the 35 men who represented the Knights in their inaugural year to take centre stage at Newcastle’s 2015 NRL season-opener against the Warriors at Hunter Stadium.

The game was scheduled for a 4.30pm kick-off on Saturday, March 7, when the NRL issued the draw last Monday, allowing Knights and Once-A-Knight Old Boys officials to proceed with plans to host a reunion of the 1988 ‘‘originals’’ for the first game of the new season.

The Old Boys hatched that plan as part of a strategy to help the Knights reconnect with the community.

‘‘It’s worked out well, with the 4.30 Saturday afternoon kick-off, especially being against the Warriors, so that should all fit in nicely for that first home game to drive a bit of emotion,’’ Knights director of football and former coach and captain Michael Hagan said.

Old Boys president John Laut, the 1988 team manager, said Hagan and Knights coach Rick Stone had supported the idea from the outset.

There have also been preliminary discussions about an after-match function for fans to attend, and for some of the Old Boys to join the current squad at training the day before the game.

‘‘At this stage, I couldn’t see any reason now why it won’t go ahead,’’ Laut said.

‘‘I know Rick Stone and Michael Hagan see this as very important and something they want to see happen, so now we’re just endeavouring to pull it all together and we’re trying to get the ball rolling before Christmas.’’

Laut has made contact with some of the club’s New Zealand players from that season, including foundation skipper Sam Stewart, James Goulding, George Mann, Tony Kemp, Charlie McAlister and Tea Ropati.

‘‘With the New Zealand connection we had in that first team, it’s rather fitting that this first game of the season will be against the Warriors,’’ Laut said.

Laut has given hooker Tony Townsend the job of finding former outside back Brian Quinton, who has lost contact with the Old Boys committee.

The Knights used 36 players that season, but prop Adrian Shelford, who played five games that year, died of a heart attack in England in 2003, aged 39.

FORMER Knights fullback Darius Boyd is now an outside chance of making a return to Hunter Stadium with former Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett and the Broncos next season.

When Boyd tore his Achilles tendon at training this month, it was feared he would be sidelined for nine months and miss almost the entire 2015 season, but after surgery last week he now hopes to back in six and play a part in State of Origin.

In an article posted on the Broncos website last week, Boyd said he hoped to be playing again in late May or early June.

The Knights host Brisbane at Hunter Stadium on Monday, May 25, two days before the first game of the Origin series at ANZ Stadium on May 27.

Should he have returned by then and proved his fitness to Maroons coach Mal Meninga, Boyd will miss that game because he and any other Origin players will be stood down.

But if he is only just finding his feet with an eye towards Origin games two and three, that could indeed be a possible comeback match for the enigmatic 27-year-old international.

‘‘I won’t really know for sure until I get up walking and running, but I think six months is realistic,’’ Boyd said in the article. ‘‘I spoke to the anaesthetist before the op and he said the tendon wasn’t too badly torn apart, so that was good to hear.’’

KNIGHTS winger James McManus is settling into fatherhood.

McManus and wife Eshia welcomed their first daughter, Emelyn Aisla, nine weeks ago.

‘‘Like any new parent, you have your good nights and your rough nights, and just when you feel like you’re starting to get yourself together, they go and change it up on you,’’ McManus said.

‘‘But she’s great. I’m a lucky man, so I couldn’t be happier.’’

McManus, whose mother Rosemary and stepfather Rod Mackrill have moved from the Northern Territory to Newcastle to be closer to him and his young family, said he would spend Emelyn’s first Christmas at home.

ROLLER-COASTER is the only way to describe the week of former Jets winger Craig Goodwin.

The one-time KFC employee had to sit out Adelaide’s 1-0 FFA Cup final triumph over Perth Glory on Tuesday, his 23th birthday, because he had played for the Jets in the early rounds.

Recalled to the Adelaide starting side for the battle against the Jets on Friday night, Goodwin bobbed up with an equaliser only for Jeronimo to grab a late winner for his former side.

THE retirement of NBN television sports guru and man with the best moustache in the business Mike Rabbitt took most, including Sidelines, by surprise.

Rabbs has covered, called, promoted or been at every major sporting event from the Hawkesbury to the Tweed in the past 30 years.

It didn’t seem right that he would sign off without a fitting farewell.

The folk at NBN helped Rabbs celebrate his career with a shindig after his final shift this month.

The rest of the Hunter’s sport fans now have an opportunity to do likewise.

The Newcastle Jockey Club will host a ‘‘farewell to Mike Rabbitt’’ at its Australia Day weekend race meeting on January 24.

Rabbs will host a function in the pavilion. The cost is $1350 for a table of 10, which includes food and drinks.

Proceeds go to Rabbs’ favourite charity, the Westpac rescue chopper.

Contact the NJC for details.

NEWCASTLE City have had little to celebrate this summer.

One win in 10 rounds has left the club equal last with Waratah-Mayfield on the Newcastle district cricket first-grade ladder.

But seamer Rhys Gallen gave the City boys a much-needed boost on Saturday when he claimed a hat-trick against Charlestown.

Gallen had Jackson Mace caught behind for a duck and skipper Dane Macourt leg before first ball.

He completed the hat-trick when he bowled Chris Rendina with the first ball of his third over.

The hat-trick left Charlestown 3-0.

They fell to 4-3 when Gallen dismissed Daniel Arms.

But Charlestown (5-93) recovered to win the match by five wickets.

Gallen finished with 4-15 off 10 overs.