Rosellas’ final chance

WICKETS: Toronto paceman Andrew Sommerville will be hoping to make early inroads against Wests at Ron Hill Oval on Saturday and secure a Newcastle District Cricket Association semi-final spot. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.Wests will be without NSW Country all-rounder Joe Price as they continue to both chase down Toronto at RonHill Oval on Saturday and keep their Newcastle District Cricket Association finals aspirations alive for 2016-2017.

Price (61 not out) has Bush Blues commitments in Bowral this weekend and won’t be able to resume his innings for the Rosellas (1-82), who require another 101 runs with nine wickets in hand to claim first innings points against the Kookaburras (182).

Insteadhe will be replaced in the first XI by Stewart Morgan, more than likely joining Ben Woolmer (1 not out) out in the middle straight away, with Wests needing a win to have any chance of making the top four this season.

The Rosellas (48 points) sit in sixth spot and are nine points adrift of the play-off mark midway through the penultimate round while the third-placed Kookaburras (58) can all but assure themselves a shot at the title with victory on day two.

Griffin Lea has the one wicket for Toronto so far with Andrew Somerville, Corey Piccirillo and Adrian Chad also sending down a few overs before lightning stopped play last weekend.

James King is next into bat for Wests, who are also without Aaron Wivell.

Elsewhere, five-time defending champions Merewether (6-168) will be on the hunt for an outright result as Troy Goodwin (89 not out) looks to notch up a century and extend the Lions’ 56-run lead over Charlestown (112) at Townson Oval in the five-versus-seven battle.

Down at Cahill Oval and Belmont (125) can wrap up the minor premiership if they can take the seven Newcastle City (3-59) wickets required before the visitors add another 67 runs to their overnight total.

Hamilton-Wickhamand University are both poised to capitalise on strong positions against Wallsend and Cardiff-Boolaroo respectively.

Second-placed Hamwicks (242) hold a 202-run lead over the Tigers (4-40) at No.1 Sportsground whilethe fourth-placed Students (2-57) need just 39 more runs to beat visiting Cardiff (95).

And it will be a one-dayerbetween Stockton-Raymond Terrace and Waratah-Mayfield at Lynn Oval after last week’s wash out.


Townson Oval: Charlestown 112 v Merewether 6-168

University Oval: Cardiff-Boolaroo 95 v University 2-57

Ron Hill Oval: Toronto 182 v Wests 1-82

Cahill Oval: Belmont 125 v Newcastle City 3-59

No.1 Sportsground: Hamilton-Wickham 242 v Wallsend 4-40

Lynn Oval: Stockton-Raymond Terrace v Waratah-Mayfield (one-dayer)