Western Suburbs No.3 Aaron Mahony took full advantage of flat pitch and lighting outfield at Coronation Oval to score his second first grade century of the season.
Resuming on 2-101 and needing 110 runs for victory against Eastern Suburbs, Mahony added 71 to his first-day score to finish on 122 as Wests posted 4/212 off 62.4 overs.
“i haven’t seen the outfield so fast at Coronation. I blocked a spinner and it went for four,” Mahony said of his innings.
Wests co-captain Mitchell Fisher said Mahony’s innings was outstanding and he received good support on day two from Shannon Threlfo after Tom Irwin had made 49 at the top of the order on day one.
Fisher said given the batting-friendly nature of the ground, the Plovers attack had done a terrific job to dismiss Easts for 210 on day one of the game.
Luke Kealy led the attack with three wickets and Justin Lantry picked up 2-0 from three balls to finish off the innings.
“The win keeps us in third place and we’ve got a couple of hard games coming up starting with Norths in a one-dayer next week,” Griffiths said.
“After a bit of a patchy start it’s starting to come together, but you have to be at your best each week.”
Easts slump to second last on the table with 18 points, one point ahead of Kurri Weston and a point behind Thornton who jumped to fifth on the table with victory against top of the table Raymond Terrace..
Terrace, who suffered their first loss of the season are on top of the table on 39 points, one point ahead of Northern Suburbs who the had bye this weekend.
City bowlers complete job
Tim Baker claimed his first five wicket haul since returning to Maitland first grade cricket and Nick Bower took four as City United an important 51-run against Kurri Weston at Robins Oval on Saturday.
Baker finished with 5-45 and Bower 4-56 as Kurri Weston were dismissed for 186 after making a solid start to their chase and looking to have the upper hand.
Opener Danial Foster made 53, Simon Marshall 43 and Josh Tuckwell 33. However, the turning point came when all-rounder Tim Harding was run out for 15 by Jordan Burton.
After a disappointing start to their premiership defence, City sit fourth on the table on with 19 points after back-to-back wins after the Christmas break.
They have the bye next week.
- Western Suburbs v Northern Suburbs at Coronation Oval
- Thornton Park v Raymond Terrace at Thornton 1
- Eastern Suburbs v Kurri Weston at East Maitland