Kookaburra Cup: Jack Hamilton lifts Central North to double bonus point win

Star: Jack Hamilton's unbeaten 90 lifted Central North to a nine wicket win.

Star: Jack Hamilton's unbeaten 90 lifted Central North to a nine wicket win.

Tamworth’s Jack Hamilton continued his brilliant season with the willow in Armidale on Tuesday with an unbeaten 90 as the Central North under 14s crushed Illawarra by nine wickets.

The home side’s second double bonus point win, it puts them on top of the Kookaburra Cup table heading into Wednesday’s Twenty20 double header.

After winning the toss and sending Illawarra in, the Central North bowlers dispensed the same medicine they did to North Coastal on the opening day to dismiss Illawarra for just 116.

Armidale’s Ryan Simpson, Tamworth’s Matt Holmes and Inverell’s Jake House led the charge with two wickets apiece, while Tamworth’s Kilan Apen and Landan Price chimed in with one.

Hamilton then smacked five sixes and nine fours in his 53 ball knock as Central North chased down the runs in just 15.2 overs. 

Newcastle and Western also made it two from two with nine run and seven wicket wins respectively. Central Coast snuck home for a two wicket win in the other game.

Round 2 results

Newcastle 117 (F Thornton 31 J Gillard 25 B Creer 25 L Munday 3-15 R Mulhearn 2-23) bt North Coastal 108 (J Wakely 31 L Munday 21 P Holding 4-24 D Williams 2-16 F Guest 2-23),

Central Coast 8-159 (M Ryan 62 N Toohey 32 K Katli 24 L Mark 3-43 A Toohey 2-18 F Bennett 2-31) bt ACT Southern 5-157 (H Parsons 38no B McCarten 35 L Mackrell 25no L Reid 22 K Ford 2-13 K Katli 2-22),

Western 3-136 (T Coady 88no K Sissian 33) bt Riverina 8-135 (M Hemann-Petersen 50 E Hollard 26 H Ridley 2-23),

Central Northern 1-118 (J Hamilton 90no) bt Illawarra 116 (R Cattle 25 R Simpson 2-13 M Holmes 2-16 J House 2-17) with 2 bonus points

Table: Central Northern 16 Newcastle 13 Western 12 Riverina 7 Central Coast 6 ACT Southern 0 North Coastal 0 Illawarra 0