Newcastle Blasters through to SCG finals in Plan B Regional Bash
Date of Event : Mon Dec 4, 2017 1:02PM
Player of the Weekend Lincoln Mills (Hunter Hitmen), left, with Regional Development Manager Frankie Walsh

The Newcastle Blasters overcame an early washout to grab a place in the Plan B Regional Bash Twenty20 finals at the SCG on December 10.

The Blasters were the only undefeated side in the Maitland Conference which saw the Illawarra Flames, Hunter Hitmen and Central Coast Rush all win one match.

After a washout on Saturday against the Rush, the Blasters easily beat the Flames and the Hitmen on Sunday to progress to the Sixers Conference final.

Last season the Blasters lost the Sixers Conference final at the SCG to Northern Rivers Rock while two years ago the Newcastle boys were knocked out of the tournament in the second round by the Flames.

This is the first season where the competition is being played as a round robin to quality for the finals.

In a big finals day at the SCG the two leadings teams in the Sixers Conference and the two leading teams in the Thunder Conference will play off in conference finals before the two winners go through to compete for the Plan B Regional Bash title.

The Thunder Conference will kick off at 2pm this Saturday in a match between Riverina rivals Border Bullets, featuring former New Zealand fast bowler Darryl Tuffey, and the Wagga Wagga Sloggers, at Bilson Park, Albury.

Maitland conference results:

Illawarra Flames 4/103 (M Salakas 40, J Colliss 27; T Harding 2/27) bt Hunter Hitmen 132 (J Trappel 34, J Montgomery 20; T Davey 4/10, J Colliss 3/20, C Macnamara 2/25) on DLS Method

Newcastle Blasters  drew Central Coast Rush  - washout - no play

Hunter Hitmen 1/78 (J Trappel 49no) bt Central Coast Rush 76 (D Robertson 35, C Archer 20; L Mills 6/10, M Trappel 2/19)

Newcastle Blasters 4/208 (J Dickson 79no, D Hunter 44, J Price 33; X McDevitt 2/31) bt Illawarra Flames 7/84 (M Calder 31; A Somerville 2/13, D Bailey 2/14)

Newcastle Blasters 9/169( (N Price 34, J Dickson 28, J Durrheim 27, A Chad 20; M Trappel 2/26, J Geary 2/26, L Mills 2/27) bt Hunter Hitmen 9/103 (M Trappel 39; D Bailey 2/12, M Willett 2/13, A Somerville 2/14)

Central Coast Rush 8/128 (R Fenning 32, H Murphy 26; R Voysey 3/10, M Stephenson 2/22) bt Illawarra Flames 9/85 (J Colliss 40; H Murphy 3/11, B Lindsay 2/19)


Final Table: Newcastle Blasters 9 Central Coast Rush 5 Hunter Hitmen 4 (-0.85) Illawarra Flames (-2.74)

Player of the Weekend: Lincoln Mills (Hunter Hitmen) with 9 wkts @ 6.00 including 6-10 v Central Coast Rush.

Other strong performances for the weekend were:

Jed Dickson (Blasters) – 107 @ 107.00

Josh Trappel (Hitmen) – 83 @ 41.40

Jarrod Collis (Flames) – 74 @ 24.7 and 3 wkts

Last updated: Monday December 4, 2017 1:05PM