Newcastle v Central Coast in NSW Country Final

Newcastle will play Central Coast in the final of the NSW Country Championships in Bowral on Sunday November 26, 2017.


The Newcastle team is :

Mark Littlewood (Captain), Belmont DCC
Ben Balcomb, (Wicketkeeper), Hamilton Wickham DCC
Burt Cockley, Waratah-Mayfield DCC
Patrick Darwen, Merewether DCC
Jed Dickson, Charlestown DCC
Nick Foster, SRTCC
Jeff Goninan, SRTCC
Dylan Hunter, Newcastle City and Eastern Districts CC
Daniel Morton, Merewether DCC
Jonty Durrheim, Waratah-Mayfield DCC
Nathan Price , Wallsend DCC
James Rushford, The University of Newcastle CC
Andrew Somerville, Toronto Workers DC
Coach: Shane Burley
Manager/Scorer: David Redden
Assistant Manager: Alan Nichols


Hunter Sport & Entertainment Precinct Submission Assistance


Dear Newcastle Cricket Family Member

You may be aware that the NSW State Government recently announced ‘A Vision for the Hunter Sports & Entertainment Precinct’ for Broadmeadow through Venues NSW. You can read the ‘Vision’ by clicking here.

For many years, cricket had a major presence throughout the Broadmeadow precinct, however over recent years cricket facilities have continued to be lost in favour of other codes and usages. Cricket NSW would like to see this change.

Currently there is no suitable facility to host elite cricket between Sydney and the Far North Coast of NSW and rarely does an opportunity arise where facilities can be developed to address this. This precinct development is a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity for the city to make a statement and provide a world class venue and associated training and community facilities  for Australia’s favourite sport.

The Newcastle and Hunter region has always been an important region for cricket, and Cricket NSW would like to see Australia’s favourite sport again have a major presence in Australia’s seventh largest city, and NSW’s second largest city. We want more cricket played locally, and we want to bring first class content to the region regularly – but we need your help.

Cricket NSW will be making a submission to Venues NSW about what we would like to see at the precinct, and that includes:

–          An oval stadium fit to host International & National (including BBL, WBBL, Sheffield Shield & WNCL) content.

–          A Centre of Excellence to service the NSW Cricket, Northern NSW and local representative pathway programs.

–          Community facilities, both playing ovals and training facilities.


Venues NSW are asking for public submissions about the what they would like to see included at the Hunter Sports & Entertainment Precinct. This is where you come in!

We need you to make a submission by 30 November 2017 to Venues NSW indicating major and local cricket facilities are needed.

We are asking all cricket players, coaches, volunteers and fans to make your voice heard and make a contribution. This can be done a few ways and is really easy.

Click on the hyperlinks below to provide feedback.

–          Online Feedback Form

–          Email

–          Social Pinpoint (online and very simple)


For more information about ‘A Vision for the Hunter Sports & Entertainment Precinct’ you can go to or click here.

If you would like to discuss Cricket NSW’s submission, please feel free to contact me directly.

Thank you for your support as Cricket NSW looks to help grow cricket in the Newcastle and surrounding regions. Good luck this season!


IVAN SPYRDZ | General Manager – Game Development E: W:


Newcastle Training Squad 2017-18

The following players have been advised of their selection in the Newcastle pre-season training squad.

Aldous Bradley Wests CC
Allen Thomas Wests CC
Bailey Daniel Belmont DCC
Balcomb Ben Hamilton Wickham
Chad Adrian Toronto Workers DC
Cooper Ray Belmont DCC
Darwen Patrick Merewether DCC
Dixon Jed Charlestown DCC
Durrheim Jonty Waratah-Mayfield
Foster Nicholas Stockton Raymond Terrace
Gallagher Colby Charlestown DCC
Gawthrop Matthew University DCC
Goninan Jeffrey Stockton Raymond Terrace
Hainsworth Marcus Belmont DCC
Hanlon Rhys Hamilton Wickham
Hudson Nathan Toronto Workers DC
Lea Griffin Toronto Workers DC
Littlewood Mark Belmont DCC
Morton Daniel Merewether DCC
Price Nathan Wallsend
Price Joseph Wests DCC
Rushford James University
Sommerville Andrew Toronto Workers DC
Trappel Joshua Hamilton-Wickham CC
Webber Sam Hamilton-Wickham CC
Willett Matthew Cardiff-Boolaroo


NDCA Management Committee 2017-18

Following the NDCA AGM held at Souths Leagues Club on Tuesday August 1, 2017, the NDCA Management Committee for season 2017-18 is :

Paul Marjoribanks – Chairman
Aaron Gray – Deputy Chairman
Royce McCormack – Secretary
Peter Kembrey – Treasurer
Alan Nichols – Grade Administrator
Graeme Bruce
Tim Caimakamas
Joseph Price
Hon Patricia Forsythe – Patron

Cricket NSW Newcastle Zone Academy 2017

Newcastle Zone Academy Coach Mark Littlewood is pleased to announce the 2017 Cricket NSW Newcastle Zone Academy.

The selected players are:

Cooper Southam
Luke Hitchcock
Patrick Holding
Taj Annan
Lachlan Claridge
Jake Hainsworth
Jack Hartigan
Lewis Hextell
Angus McTaggert
Jeremy Nunan
Mitchell Lole
Luke Muddle
Toby Gray
Kain Anderson
Sam Holding
Nathan Hillier
Andrew Somerville
Griffin Lea
Flynn Guest
Glenn Winsor
Daniel Williams
Ben Plowman
Josh Claridge


NDCA Major Awards 2016-17

  • Herald Player of Year: Mark Littlewood (Belmont DCC)
  • Herald Team of Year: Belmont DCC
  • Kingsgrove Junior Player: Josh Claridge (Charlestown DCC)
  • Representative  Player : Pat Darwen (Merewether DCC) – Newcastle, NSW Country &  Aust Country XI.
  • 1st Grade Bowling (Heath Trophy): Daniel Bailey (Belmont DCC) – 33 @ 9.5
  • 1st Grade Batting (Dickinson Shield): Mark Littlwood (Bel DCC) – 772 @ 60
  • 1st Grade Wicketkeeping: Josh Brackenbury (WMDCC) 32 dismissals
  • Tennant Scholarship:  For this season it has been awarded jointly to the 3 players who have been selected to tour the UK during our winter with the NSW CHS team. They each receive $1000.00 to assist with costs of the trip.The three players are: Josh Claridge (Charlestown DCC), Andrew Somerville (TWDCC) & Zac McGuigan (Merewether DCC).

Hamwicks Win Consecutive T20 Finals

Hamilton-Wickham defeated Belmont in the First Grade T20 final to claim  consecutive T20 titles. Full T20 results below :

  • 1st Grade T20 – Hamilton 6/128 def Belmont 9/121 – Josh Trappel (HW)  Player of Final
  • Denis Broad  Cup – University 128 def  Merewether 112  –  Daniel Odd (Uni)Player of Final
  • Under 15 T20  –  Wests 7/114 def Hamilton 3/109