RUNS: Wallsend’s Jacob Montgomery playing T20 last season. Picture: Jonathan CarrollTRIPLEheaders will be part of the revamped T20 program in Newcastle this summer.
With the official launch imminent for the new competition, no longer featuringpremiership points, district clubs have been informed of the proposed format.
There aretwo pools of six teams with five preliminary rounds set acrossJanuary and February. This includesa mid-week match and two lots of back-to-back-to-back Sunday fixtures with three sides at one venue. Semi-finals and the decider will be played on the same day.
ROUND 8 FIXTURES: Wests v Cardiff, City v Toronto, Merewether v Wallsend, Hamwicks v Charlestown, Belmont v Waratah, University v Stockton.
* MASTERScompetition returned last week with a tie recorded between old rivals Charlestown (9-136) and Belmont (8-136).
The two clubs dominated first grade proceedings in Newcastlefor more than a decade from 1980-1981 and they sparked memories of those fierce battles at Kahibah Oval on Wednesday afternoon.
Hamwicks, Merewether, City and Toronto were the other first-round winners of the five-week competition.
* STREAKERS stole the show for a while at Wallsend Oval on Saturday.
A few young men dumped their bikes andstripped bare before running across the ground as the Tigers held on to defeat Stockton.
* JED Dickson will captain Charlestown in their upcoming round-eight encounter away against Hamwicks with regular leader Steve Mace unavailable.
* NEWCASTLE representative skipper Mark Littlewood not only returned home with the NSW Country Championships trophy after Sunday’s victory but also the Mark Curry Medal for player of the final after top scoring with 59.