Newcastle District Cricket Association: Hamilton-Wickham favourites over Belmont according to opposition captains

HIGH FIVE: Hamwicks celebrate a wicket. Picture: Max Mason-HubersHamilton-Wickham will go into this weekend’s grand final against minor premiers Belmont as clear favourites at No.1 Sportsground according to the majority of Newcastle District Cricket Association first grade captains.

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Opposition skippers cited a variety of reasons why the 2016-2017 title would go the Pumas way, rather than the Lake Macquarie Club.

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“They just have a good all round side,” Wallsend leader Steve Storey said.

Charlestownprovided a combination of factors.

“They have been there before and haveexperienced players,” Steve Mace said.

Scott Mackenzieput it down to recent successover Belmont.

“They probably have the mental edge after their T20 wina couple of weeks ago,” Waratah-Mayfield’s mentorsaid.

However, Shane Burley couldn’t split them.

“Tough one becausethere’s some genuine match winners in both sides who can win a final on their day,” the Wests bosssaid.

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CAPTAIN’S CALL

Richard Green (Cardiff-Boolaroo): Hamwicks–“Close one but I think their bowling is better.”

Steve Mace (Charlestown): Hamwicks–“They have been there before and haveexperienced players. Belmont rely heavily on Mark Littlewood and have been bowled out for a few low scores this year.”

Jack Downing (Newcastle City): Hamwicks–“I can’t see them being beaten with the experience they have. The bowling attack is quality and I think they will get the job done.”

Matt Gawthrop (University): Hamwicks–“They’ve been there too many times to lose another one. I think their aggressive style with the bat in particular will be more effective on what’s more than likely going to be a pretty average wicket at No.1.”

Steve Storey (Wallsend):Hamwicks – “They just have a good all round side.”

Scott Mackenzie (Waratah-Mayfield):Hamwicks –“They probably have the mental edge after their T20 win a couple of weeks ago.”

Shane Burley (Wests): Even –“Tough one becausethere’s some genuine match winners in both sides who can win a final on their day. Toss/weather may play a part, especially if it ends up being over two weekends. Very even match, I’m on the fence.”