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    Cessnock into John Bull Shield cricket final


    2019 - 02.16

    Cessnock’s representative cricket team won their way through to the final of the John Bull Shield after defeating Newcastle C&S in the semi-final at Miller Park, Branxton on Sunday.
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    With over 100mm of mid-week rain, a very lush Miller 1 greeted players for their clash with an unpredictable Newcastle C&S side.

    Cessnock backed themselves in these conditions and chose to bat.

    With Jason Orr (20), Joshua Dagg (19) and Andrew Carmichael (23), Cessnock was able to get a start but still were in a tough situation at 4-87.

    Coming off a man-of-the-match performance against Maitland at Miller 1, Greg Sheehan compiled 51 of the next 71 runs scored to turn the momentum of the game back to Cessnock.

    Late contributions for Barry Richards (15) and Nathan Stapleford (20) helped boost the total to 215, which at the time seemed to be an extremely competitive total but maybe 30 short of what Cessnock had hoped with so many starts in their quality batting line-up.

    Newcastle C&S started their run chase strongly and were 33 without loss until Cessnock made the adjustments required on a tricky deck.

    Within eight balls, they were reeling at 3-34 and Cessnock had their tails up. Newcastle’s Chris Diebert (33) and captain, Craig Plain (49), played well and were starting to get the Cessnock crowd nervous with some hard hitting.

    After some erratic bowling to begin his spell, Nathan Stapleford (3/38 off six) dismissed the danger man and signalled the end for a defiant Newcastle side.

    In what proved to be the difference in the game, Newcastle C&S dropped upwards of six catches during Cessnock’s innings but in return, not one chance was grassed during their innings.

    Billy Orr’s two quality catches could have proved to be the turning points in the game, while a diving catch in the gully by Greg ‘Shorty’ Andrews brought the small crowd gathered on Shorty Hill to their feet.

    Michael Shelley (4-32 off 9.1) and Greg Sheehan (1-14 off five) were the main contributors to finishing off the Newcastle side.

    Cessnock will now face Singleton in the John Bull Shield final at Howe Park, Singleton on Sunday, February 15.

    Singleton (248) were too strong for Maitland (229) on Sunday and will pose as a major threat.

    Nathan Levy (98) and Joe Leighton (5-48) were the chief destroyers for Singleton in their semi-final win.

    After a representative season that has reached new heights, this Cessnock team will be looking to get some silverware to show for their hard work.

    This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

    Hornridge and Olympic Dam secure spot in final


    2019 - 02.16

    TANGLE: Andamooka’s Troy Mulders gets tangled up with Olympic Dam wicketkeeper Brendan Hill.
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    CUT: Andamooka’s Dan Wescombe cuts a ball away.

    PACE: Olympic Dam paceman Adrian Harris leaps into his delivery stride.

    Dispatching Andamooka at last weekend’s Twenty20 match was a mere formality for Roxby’s ‘Kings of Cricket’ Olympic Dam.

    7/81 from 20 overs was never going to be enough to stop the Devils.

    The only thing the ‘Roos won on the day was the toss.

    OD’s bowling combination kept the run rate to a minimum with A Hand picking up late wickets for a 3/19 haul.

    N Reader and D Wescombe with 21 each were the only batsmen to give the OD bowling attack a run for their money, be it only a light run.

    81 from 20 overs looked a walk in the park for the green and gold, however P Glover walked back to the bar in the first over with 1, much to the delight of the embattled Andamooka.

    The excitement was short lived with OD’s Bennett pooping the ‘Roos party making a speedy 35.

    B Hill decided to up the ante, having a crack with 26 before being cut down mid stride.

    Andamooka changing the bowlers nine times in the innings was like throwing a handful of wheat and hoping to hit something.

    Always in control, Olympic Dam finished off the ‘Roos in the 15th over, four wickets down.

    The match between contenders Hornridge and the Rogues was a thriller not a chiller.

    A heartbroken Rogues watched their chance of having ago at dethroning Olympic Dam at Friday’s Twenty20 grand final disappear by the smallest of margins.

    Needing 10 runs off the last over Hornridge must have had toes, fingers and legs crossed in hope they could overcome Rogues bowler Daniel Fisher.

    With one ball left in the over and scores level it was the all or nothing shot that would take them to the grand final.

    In what must have been a surreal slow motion moment, Fisher delivered the ball, all eyes watching ball go to bat.

    The batsmen hit a top edge, all eyes now on the ball and fielder Dave Kovac.

    Imagine this is a slow motion scene in a movie.

    Cut to the ball spinning towards fielder Dave Kovack, close up of Dave Kovack’s face focused on the ball, cut to the ball entering his hand, cut to the anguish on Kovack’s face, cut to the ball falling from his hand.

    Hornridge scrambles to make the winning run.

    Goodnight nurse for another year and back to the nets for the Rogues.

    Hornridge 6/99 defeated Rogues 6/98.

    The question is will the Hornridge Wanderers’ luck hold out for Friday’s clash against Olympic Dam.

    Batsmen star in Kurri-Weston win


    2019 - 02.16

    Kurri-Weston Warriors first grade defeated Eastern Suburbs by 26 runs in a high-scoring match at Kurri Central on Old Boys Day on Saturday.
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    Thirty-plus Old Boys turned up to support the current crop of players, and they were treated to an outstanding batting display by Kurri-Weston, particularly Kerryn Ball (100 off 55 balls) and Mick Heinrich (83).

    Several other players chipped in to take the score to 8-280 after their 50 overs.

    In reply, Easts were in trouble at 3-47 after Steve Abel (2-49) struck early, but a 129-run fourth-wicket partnership got them back into the game and Kurri-Weston had to dig deep to eventually dismiss Easts for 254 in the 49th over.

    Best with the ball were Jack Bennett (4-24) and Haydon Fox (3-37) in his return from injury.

    Second grade had a three-wicket win over the fifth-placed Easts to confirm their place in the semi-finals. It was Kurri-Weston’s third win on the trot and they are starting to hit their straps at the right time of the season.

    Easts batted first and were bowled out for 141 in bowler-friendly conditions. Haydon Yates (4-14) was outstanding and looks a real player of the future. Troy Rees (2-33) and Cameron Bates (2-13) also bowled well.

    Kurri-Weston overcame the loss of an early wicket to pass the total for the loss of seven wickets.

    A couple of 50-run partnerships were enough for the side to get home fairly comfortably in the end. Dave Fairfull (44no), Sam Bennett (33) and Captain Grant Lowbridge (30) were the main contributors.

    Fourth grade lost to Western Suburbs by three wickets. Kurri-Weston could only manage 99 when they batted first with Ethan McGregor (58) playing a lone hand for the home side.

    Kurri-Weston battled hard in the field right to the end with Wests finally passing the total for the loss of seven wickets. Mick Plumridge (4-33) and Noel Stothard (2-14) lead the charge for the Warriors.

    Third and fifth grades had a bye.

    Former Test cricketer and media personality Greg Ritchie has been confirmed for Kurri-Weston Cricket Club’s annual Sportsmen’s Dinner at Kurri Bowling Club on Friday, March 27.

    Tickets are $50 per head which includes a meal and the show; or sponsor’s tables of 10 are available for $1000 which includes all drinks as well.

    Tickets will be on sale at Weston Workers Club and Kurri Bowling Club or by contacting Robert Flanagan on 0404 465 482.

    This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

    OPINION: Abbott’s stint as leader coming to an end


    2019 - 02.16

    Yass man David Barnett shares his views.Tony Abbott’s days as prime minister and leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party are numbered. At Federal and State level Liberal members see Abbott as responsible for their devastating loss in Queensland.
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    Nobody pretends any longer that State and Federal politics are not connected. The defeated Queensland premier Campbell Newman had an image problem. He is short, bald and he has a strident voice but he was a conscientious premier, tackling Queensland’s problems after successive ALP governments had ruined the State’s finances. He did not adequately explain why he had to reduce the size of the Queensland public service.

    Above all it has been Abbott himself, whose offences were manifest.

    He did not have a clear sense of economic direction, cutting back on expenditure while also increasing it with pet schemes either developed by himself such as the wildly unnecessary baby bonus, or inherited, namely the national broadband network and disability insurance.

    He never successfully set out the fiscal mess left for him by Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, and in so doing failed to establish himself as a responsible prime minister. The collateral damage was the treasurer, Joe Hockey. Treasurers are only as good as prime ministers allow them to be.

    Above all, he did not have a feel for the country he was running. Bob Hawke epitomised national empathy, but lack of it was not a charge that could be levelled at any of his predecessors on either side of politics.

    This absence of empathy was dramatically illustrated by his award of a knighthood to the Duke of Edinburgh, who already has 64 gongs, some of them because of his service during the Second World War but most because of the woman he married.

    I myself see no reason why he should not also have an Australian knighthood to stick on his chest. His wife is, after all, the Queen of Australia, but I can see good reasons why Abbott should have handled it better: consulting his colleagues and carrying them with him, anticipating reactions from the republicans and the media.

    New South Wales goes to the polls in March. It is not a resource state dependent on Chinese purchases of iron ore and coal, which have now eased. NSW is growing. Mike Baird doesn’t have an image problem. Everybody loves him. That government should survive, but in the present climate some members must lose their seats.

    So the Libs are thinking about a successor, all of them. Julie Bishop maybe. She is popular. Or Malcolm Turnbull, who is grinning his way back on to the TV screens; Scott Morrison handled himself impressively in a difficult portfolio.

    Changing leaders in mid-term is not a good idea, but these are exceptional times.

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    Floods: Stormwater woes continue in South Cessnock


    2019 - 02.16

    NOWHERE TO GO: Matt McIntyre in the Oliver Street drain, which overflowed during the storm on Tuesday, January 27.South Cessnock residents continue to battle floodwater overflowing from drains in the area.
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    Matt and Kira McIntyre say their Gordon Avenue backyard floods each time there is a downpour, with water above ankle-deep.

    The couple have lived in the house for six years and not long after they moved in, the area was declared a flood zone.

    Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre say the drain on Oliver Street that runs adjacent to Gordon Avenue becomes overflowed almost every time it rains; meaning water runs along the back laneway all the way to their home, which is the fourth house along.

    Mr. McIntyre said not only is the drain not big enough, when it does start to fill up the water doesn’t flow properly.

    “It’s just got nowhere to go, nowhere at all,” he said.

    Mr. McIntyre said on one particular day of heavy rainfall, the drain only took 15 minutes to fill.

    FULL: The Oliver Street drain on Tuesday, January 27. Photo by Jessie Murray.

    The couple has had to put pavers in their backyard to raise the ground of their chicken coop, which houses Mrs. McIntyre’s rare breed of White Australorp chickens.

    She said she has almost lost baby chicks when it has rained before as they nearly drowned in the floodwater.

    The couple are also concerned about the effect this issue has on the price of their house.

    “It devalues our property,” he said.

    Mr. McIntyre said the storm water goes under the house and has affected the foundations, meaning they have had to replace one of their bearers.

    The couple say the whole neighbourhood worries each time it rains.

    “You’re always in fear your house is going to flood,” Mrs. McIntyre said.

    Mr. McIntyre said he approached council two years ago but they have yet to improve the situation.

    A council spokesperson said South Cessnock has been listed as the next stage of Council’s Floodplain Management Program and that council is working towards developing solutions to resolve flooding in the South Cessnock area.

    Council officers will also be pursuing government assistance grant funding to carry out works, and hope to present options to the community that will ease the flooding in the area in the form of a public exhibition or workshop during 2015.

    This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.