Hamilton-Wickham Pumas and the Newcastle City Sabres cruised to easy victories on Tuesday to open Newcastle cricket's T20 Summer Bash competition.
The Sabres defeated the Stockton Seagulls by five wickets in their Pool B clash at Learmonth Park, while the Pumas recorded a 35-run victory against the Charlestown Magpies in Pool A at Passmore Oval.
Kain Anderson and Sam Webber were among the standouts for Hamwicks as they rolled the Magpies for just 82 in 18.3 overs after scoring 7-117 in their 20 overs.
Anderson was not out 29 of 17 balls before taking 2-16 in his four overs. Webber finished with 4-1 off three overs. Edward Nott bowled just three balls and took two wickets.
Sydneysider Matt Rogers was Hamwicks' best with the bat, scoring 38 off 39 balls.
At Learmonth Park, a rapid 37 from Dylan Hunter was the highlight as City chased down the Seagulls' 7-110 in just 13.2 overs.
Hunter hit four fours and three sixes in his 15-ball knock to set up the win. Jesse Major (19) and Angus McTaggart (17) helped finish off the five-wicket victory.
Sam Jenkinson was the Seagulls' top scorer with 47 off 36 balls.
The series continues on Wednesday with the Waratahs and Lions (Pool C) clashing at Waratah Oval and the Black Roses and Sea Dragons (Pool A) at Townson Oval.
On Thursday, the Tigers meet the Whips (Pool B) at Farley Oval and the Kookaburras travel to Harker Oval to take on the Rosellas in Pool C.
Meanwhile, Newcastle's Nick Foster, Daniel Arms and Dan Bailey have been strong performers for NSW Country across the first three games of an an invitational series against ACT Country in Canberra.
The regions shared the honours across two Twenty20 games on Tuesday after NSW Country won the one-day clash on Monday.
Foster (Stockton), Arms (Charlestown), Adrian Chad (Toronto), Nathan Hudson (Waratah-Mayfield), Ryan Van Kemenade (Wallsend) and Bailey (Belmont) are representing Newcastle at the series.
Chad (45 runs) and Bailey (3-27) starred as the Bush Blues scored a five-run win in the one-day game to open the series.
NSW Country scored 157 and ACT were 4-120 in response before Ryan Brown (Riverina) took 5-25 to help dismiss the hosts for 152.
ACT hit back on Tuesday with a dominant win after scoring 3-161 in the first T20 game.
Foster was the pick of the bowlers with 2-26 in his four overs, while Arms scored 28 in the run chase, which ended at 5-134.
The Bush Blues scored a two-wicket, last-over win in the second match.
Bailey took 3-23 to lead the way for NSW Country, who restricted ACT to 7-122.
The visitors passed the target with three balls and two wickets to spare thanks largely to 42 from Kerrod White.
Arms was next best with 19, while Van Kemenade and Chad scored 13 each.