A superb 90 from all-rounder Todd Francis set up an emphatic 198-run win by City United against Eastern Suburbs on the opening day of the 2020-21 Maitland first grade cricket season.
Francis took full toll of the short boundaries at King Edward Park but also took on the long boundaries as he accumulated nine fours and seven sixes.
City finish with 9/319 from their 50 overs with nine batsmen reaching double figures as they built their substantial innings.
Sam Jordan was the best of the rest with 49 including five fours and three sixes. Skipper for the day Nick Bower made a quick fire 39 with five fours and two sixes.
Easts bowlers shared the wicket with Cal Sargent, teenager paceman Jett Lee and Will Stoneman all picking up two wickets.
City's bowlers got on top early and maintained the pressure to dismiss Easts for just 121 off 30 overs.
Opening bowlers Tim Baker (3-20) and Tim Burton (2-27) picked up five wickets between them and teenager Dusty Callaghan backed them up with 3-17 off five overs.
Gabriel makes strong start
Northern Suburbs all-rounder Cal Gabriel picked up where he left off last season with a strong all-round performance in Norths' six-wicket win against Kurri Weston.
Gabriel took a miserly 3-6 off eight overs as the Warriors were dismissed for 131 and followed it up with 37. He shared in a match-winning 77-run partnership with Mike Wilson who top-scored with 58.
New all-rounder Brad Jenkinson made a promising start for Norths picking up 2-19.
Thornton cruise to victory
Thornton cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket victory against Tenambit Morpeth on Saturday.
After a promising start by openers Tallon Gear 24 and Adam Sidoti 34, the Buills were all out for 112 in the 42nd over.
Thornton gave themselves an early mark making 2/116 in reply in just 27 overs.
Wests win thriller
Western Suburbs got the points over Raymond Terrace with just one wicket in hand in a thriller at Jack Collins Oval.
Raymond Terrace made 8/126 from their 50 overs. The Plovers made 9/127 with six overs to spare.