By Robert Dillon - Newcastle Herald
STOCKTON trio Jeff Goninan, Nick Foster and Adrian Chad played key roles as Newcastle's representative cricket team opened their NSW Country Championships campaign in style with a 120-run win against Central North at Tuggerah on Friday.
Goninan, batting No.3, walked to the wicket in the first over and proceeded to topscore with 66 from 76 balls, including two sixes and seven fours.
Chad chipped in with 33 in the middle order, sharing a 58-run partnership with Newcastle City all-rounder Angus McTaggart (49), to help Newcastle post a total of 239.
Central North were 1-51 in reply but Seagulls and
Newcastle skipper Foster disrupted their plans with a spell of 5.4 overs that earned him the figures of 4-11.
McTaggart took 2-21 to cap a fine double as Central North collapsed to be all out for 199.
Central Coast (6-295) beat North Coast (241) in Friday's other game.
Newcastle next play North Coast on
Saturday, and then Central Coast on Sunday.