A CLASSY century from Karuah-Tea Gardens batsman Colin McCarthy proved to be the difference as his side notched up their first win of the Dungog and District Cricket season against Clarence Town.
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Karuah won the toss and elected to bat on their home ground.
Up stepped McCarthy amassing 124 in the Sharks first innings total of 5 for 242 off the allocated 35 overs, with Lucas Barry chipping in for a well-compiled 61.
In reply Clarence Town started strongly and appeared to be in control of the match sitting at 1 for 104 at the drinks break.
However, momentum swung back the way of the men from Karuah largely thanks to a damaging spell from Jack Bills, taking 3 for 35.
An economic six overs from James McCarthy (3 for 19) all but sealed the win for the Sharks with Clarence Town eventually bundled out for 173.
The win gets the season rolling for Karuah-Tea Gardens after a disappointing start to the season last week against Wallarobba.
Elsewhere, Wallarobba made it two wins on the trot against Stroud.
Stroud were bowled out in just 29 overs, making 116.
Stroud were able to keep the match alive deep into the innings despite the low total largely due to some tight bowling and pressure fielding.
Wallarobba completed the five wicket win with four overs to spare at Bennett Park.
In Round 3 action this Saturday Stroud take on Clarence Town, both teams will be looking to secure their first win for the season.
While Karuah go head to head with the Bunnies at Karuah Oval.
The Sharks batting lineup will need to be on their toes again after a convincing bowling performance from the Bunnies in Round 1 won them the points.
Wallarobba will enjoy the bye.
By Brady EVANS