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Full marks for dominant Stockton, outright third at Christmas break

STOCKTON have gone where no other top-four team could go in round eight, taking 17 wickets on Saturday to claim an outright victory before the Christmas break.

The Seagulls dominated from start to finish at Bernie Curran Oval, eventually defeating University by an innings and 73 runs.

NSW Country representative Josh McTaggart (5-24) picked up another three wickets on day two as University, who resumed at 3-6 and trailing Stockton 's declaration by 354 runs, were dismissed for 81.

The Seagulls enforced the follow on and, despite a better showing of 206 in the Sea Dragons' second innings, Bush Blues skipper Nick Foster (4-45) helped make sure the visitors didn't have to bat again.

Adrian Chad and Nathan Hudson collected eight wickets between them across both digs.

Stockton (38 points) stand alone in third spot on the Newcastle District Cricket Association first-grade ladder with Foster saying that "puts us in a good position now".

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