City United have defeated top three rivals Thornton to extend lead at the top of the Maitland first grade cricket ladder.
The City win and a comprehensive victory by Tenambit Morpeth Bulls over Eastern Suburbs were the only results from the weekend with the matches between Northern Suburbs and Western Suburbs and Kurri Weston and Raymond Terrace washed out.
The young Bulls, led by an outstanding 84 to captain Adam Sidoti on day one of the two-day fixture, recorded a 154-run win against the Plovers bowling them out for 94 after posting 248 on Saturday.
Sidoti received plenty of support with Daniel Collinson making 49, Liam McMahon 43 and Ryan Wind 27.
Joel Connell picked up 3-70 off 20 overs and Cal Sargent finished with 3-23 off 7.2 overs.
Tom Porter top scored for East with 28 as the Bulls bowlers took full advantage of the damp conditions. Shane Wind again led the way with 3-17 off a marathon 26 overs and Collinson picked up 3-12.
City United's tail wagged in tough conditions on Saturday to add 129 runs for the final four wickets after the visitors were precariously placed at 6/90 at Thornton Oval.
Led by 49 to Nick Baker and 33 to Cam Wynn the lower order were able to take the score to 219.
Thornton medium pacer Brent Dawes bowled excellently to the conditions claiming 5-55 off 19 overs and Daniel Willis took 2-26 off 17.
City United's opening bowlers Tim Baker (3-33) and Tim Burton (2-38) tore through the Thornton top order to leave them at 5/58. Willis with 36 and Jake Reeves 19 led a recovery of sorts adding 58.
Dusty Callaghan broke the partnership when he had Reeves caught off a skied miss hit.
Bower completed a man-of-the-match performance taking 4-10 off 13 overs.
City now lead the competition on 43 points, eight points ahead of Norths on 35 and Thornton 34.
Kurri Weston remain on fourth with 24 points, but the Bulls victory has tightened up proceeding in the final four spots.
Western Suburbs are fifth with 20, followed by Raymond Terrace, the Bulls and Easts all on 19.