Newcastle District Cricket Association: Brendon Charlton drives Toronto outright with six-wicket haul

Brendon Charlton
Brendon Charlton

Brendon Charlton has delivered a devastating 12.3 overs as Toronto claimed an outright victory and jumped into second spot on the Newcastle District Cricket Association competition ladder.

Charlton collected season-best figures of 6-15, featuring the first wicket and five of the last six, as the visiting Kookaburras knocked over Waratah-Mayfield for under 100 in a second straight innings.

With a lead of 150 runs, Toronto (7-231) declared straight away at Waratah Oval on Saturday and then dismissed the hosts for 70 in the 42nd over of play.

Five of Waratah’s batsman were out for ducks, including four of Charlton’s victims.

Most of the damage was done following an extended lunch break, caused by rain, as the home side lost 8-12 after being 2-58.

One week earlier Toronto rolled Waratah for 81 in 42.3 overs. Charlton took 1-25.

“He [Charlton] was just putting it in the right spot,” Toronto captain Adrian Chad said.

“He’s bowled without a lot of luck this year but he’s really started to hit his straps.

“Maybe taking the new ball has given him a bit more confidence.”

Charlton, who joined Toronto from the Central Coast in 2018-2019, now has 25 wickets across all three formats this campaign.

By collecting maximum points, the Kookaburras move four clear of both University and Charlestown on the overall standings. They are eight behind leaders Hamilton-Wickham.