A six wicket haul by Dustin Blakemore has given South Maitland Railway clear space at the top of the Maitland A-grade ladder, while an unbeaten 115 by Brad Duncan has lifted Bowthorne back into the top four.
Blakemore took 6-22 in SMR’s 59-run win against Raworth Rabbitohs at Beryl Humble Oval on Saturday.
The win gives SMR a four point break on second-placed Paterson who were forced to forfeit against Port Stephens through lack of numbers.
It was Paterson’t second loss in a row. An eight-man Paterson outfit was beaten by SMR by 80 runs in round seven.
While Paterson are stumbling with players unavailable, SMR claimed their sixth win a row on Saturday.
In an even batting performance led by 52 to Steve Walters and 41 by Josh Horn, SMR was dismissed for 236 in the 39th over.
Andrew Nisbit picked up 3-34 and Christopher Rose and Jason Bower claimed two wickets each.
Raworth’s top order Matthew Rickard with 55, Mitchell Thompson 41 and Luke Glendenning 25 gave their side a strong start but the tail was unable to wag.
Blakemore was the chief destroyer with four individual bowlers picking up the other wickets.
Bowthorne jumped to fourth on the ladder with a big win against Rutherford Hotel led by a century and four wicket haul to Duncan.
They posted 3/244 with 45 from Ryan Stallworthy and 36 to Anthony Kendell.
Todd Smith (4-20) also picked up four wickets as Rutherford manage 156 in reply.
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