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    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.
    Nanjing Night Net

    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.

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