Port Stephens star Josh Moxey unleashed his batting best to crush Kurri Kurri's hopes with a devastating hundred.
Moxey scored 103 from just 65 balls including seven sixes and 11 fours before he was finally caught in sight of Kurri Kurri’s total of 187 at Howe Park.
He had shared in a 144-run opening stand with Craig Hunter who contributed 41 from 57 balls.
Hunter’s dismissal brought Moxey’s brother Jarrod to the crease and he was in an equal hurry to get proceedings over smashing 32 from 16 balls.
Joshua Mulligan joined him at the crease but didn’t get a chance to score as Jarrod smashed the final 21-runs required including a six for victory as the Pythons finished with 2/189 in the just the 23rd over.
A middle-order fightback led by Danial Foster and Marc Bender couldn't halt a red-hot Port Stephens Pythons from claiming a big win against Kurri Kurri as Maitland A-grade cricket resumed on Saturday.
Foster (45) and Bender (40) were joined by Jamie Carter (23) and Nathan Stapleford (23) to help Kurri Kurri post 183 after slumping to 4/28.
Pythons paceman Allan Baldwin was the chief destroyer claiming 4-19.
Windsor Castle v Dungog
Dungog had a day to forget when they were trounced by 145 runs by Windsor Castle at Blackhill in Maitland on Saturday.
Damian Keating and Nicholas Barham were the only bowler to get on top of the Stallions batsmen, claiming 3-31 and 2-39 respectively.
Windsor Castle posted 9/247 at better than a run a ball. Leigh Williams smashed 11 fours and a six in his 53 and Jarrod Bailey’s 55 included nine fours to lead the Stallions’ scoring.
Tailenders Kevin Torrens (28 not out) and Nick Langworthy (16 not out) added further torment with an unbeaten 44-run stand.
Only three Dungog batsmen managed to reach double figures as Windsor Castle dismissed the visitors for 102 in the 21st over.
Wicket-keeper Sean Hynes offered the stiffest resistance scoring 25 not out, with opener Jackson Bell and Daniel Rumbel the next best with 16 each.
Luke Kijko had a day out claiming 5-32 from his eight overs. Harry King (3-31) and Torrens (2-7) finished the job for Windsor Castle which now sit third on the ladder after a poor start to the season.
Paterson v Raworth
Kurt Humphreys starred with the bat and ball in a big win for Paterson to start the new year.
Coming in at No.3 Humphreys scored 53 including five fours and a six as Paterson posted 7/218 from their 40 overs.
He backed up with the ball taking 4-26 from his eight overs as Paterson dismissed Raworth for 133 in the 36th over at Paterson Sports Ground.
Paterson’s 85-run win against Raworth has kept a resurgent Windsor Castle at bay as the top four teams in the Maitland and District Cricket A-grade competition continue to jockey for ladder positions.
Openers Daniel Agland (50) and Chris Merchant (31) got Paterson off to a solid start.
David Puxty (27 not out), Russell Presland (22) and Faulkner also contributed valuable runs.
Raworth’s Ryan Threlfo gave the Paterson batsmen the most trouble taking 4-50 from seven overs.
Presland had Raworth on the back foot early taking the first three wickets. He was on a hat-trick dismissing opener Jason Bower for 10 and No.3 Tim Baker.
The score was 3-32 when Humphreys caught Threlfo for 11.
Ryan Lacy (35) and Callum Gascoigne (29) offered the stiffest resistance with the bat for Raworth.