Port Stephens Pythons beat Paterson River in new Maitland A-B grade one-day comp

BIG HITTING: Port Stephens' Josh Moxey made 101 not out against Paterson on Saturday.
BIG HITTING: Port Stephens' Josh Moxey made 101 not out against Paterson on Saturday.

Former representative cricketer Raymsey Vane-Wood signalled he is in for a big season with a hard-hitting 91 for Paterson against Port Stephens Pythons on Saturday.

It was the type of innings that would normally steal the show, but in the Pythons ranks was one of the undisputed batting talents of Maitland one-day cricket Josh Moxey who matched Vane-Woods innings and went one better with an unbeaten century and victory.

Vane-Wood played a lone-hand with the bat apart from Brad Merchant who chipped in with 28 as Paterson managed 157 in reply to Port’s 7-238 from their 40 overs.

Allan Baldwin and Brendon Sinclair both finished with figures of 3-25 to be the chief wicket takers for the Pythons.

Moxey was the star with the bat for Port, but they were also able to count on valuable contributions from Matthew Monaghan (28), Lleyton Eveleigh (33) and a number of other small cameos. 

Russell Presland was the main wicket taker for Paterson with 3-46 from his eight overs and Jason Watts finished with 2-45. Skipper Rod Faulkner with 1-22 off eight and Ramsey Vane-Wood with 0-22 off eight were the most economical.

Paterson and Port Stephens are the remaining two teams from the original A-grade this season and will take part in a merged 10-team combined A-B competition.

A revised draw for A-B-grade is expected to be finalised by Wednesday.

In B-grade fixtures on Saturday, Bowthorne, SMR and Port Stephens all had wins, while the game between Seaham and Raworth Rabittohs was a draw after rain force it to be abandoned.

Bowthorne set a good target of 9/206 against Regal Hunter Tigers but it could have been more imposing with the bottom seven in the bowling order only adding 24 between them.

Skipper Scott Boyd led the way with 62 and received good support from Brendan Salmon (33), Brad Duncan (33) and Michael Meehan (36).

Kane Morris was the star with the ball for the Tigers taking 5/40. Stuart Elliott took 2-39 and three catches.

Tigers captain Dustin Blakemore (48), Steven Walters (55) and Elliott (20) offered the most as they were dismissed for 171.

Lochinvar had a day to forget being dismissed for just 39 by Port Stephens. The Pythons made the required runs in 6.5 overs for the loss of one wicket.

Lakeside Village and South Maitland Railway played out a thriller at Lakeside No.3 with SMR getting home by one wicket with three overs to spare.

Lakeside were all out for 180, with Nathan Gardner making 71 and Bradley Brien (42). SMR had an even batting performance led by Jordan Willard with 49.