Round 9 saw the Seagulls take on the always tough to beat Charlestown in all grades.
In first grade at the magnificent Lynn Oval, after the first week washout, Charlestown won the toss and batted first to post a competitive 191 after their 45 overs. Skipper Nick Foster who returned after a week captaining NSW Country took 4 for 72 with the ball to be the pick off the bowlers. In response Keith Moody and Jake Hainsworth were able to blunt the Charlestown bowling attack and set a solid platform. Keith Moody continued his strong form to top score with an impressive 82 to set up a comprehensive victory with five overs to spare.
Second grade travelled to Kahibah Oval in pursuit of claiming the much coveted Patrick O'Rourke Cup. Captain Lincoln Melmeth won the toss and elected to bat but the seagulls limped to 104 with James O'Keefe leading the way with the bat with 37. In response, regular wickets and disciplined bowling kept the gulls in the hunt but eventually Charlestown passed the required total for the loss of 8 wickets. Lincoln Melmeth was the best of the bowlers with 4 for 37 from a marathon 21 overs.
At Charlestown Oval, third grade asked Charlestown to bat first and were in the hunt at halfway after restricting the oppostion to 9 for 133 with Brodie Cox taking 3 for 18. Unfortunately with the bat the team couldnt get the required runs and finished all out for 77. Will Dundas was top scorer with 47.
In fourth grade at Corroba Oval, Charlestown were asked to bat first and batted the allotted 40 overs and finished on 9 for 100. The seagulls lost regular wickets in pursuit but a dominant 75 not out from Mick Owens saw the home team win comfortably for the loss of 6 wickets.