NEWCASTLE City pair Maddison McGuigan and Clare Webber will return home from Adelaide with an Australian title after claiming the Under-15 National Championships final.
McGuigan produced figures of 2-3 from five overs in Tuesday’s nine-wicket win over hosts South Australia in Glenelg.
She made the crucial breakthrough by dismissing SA’s top scorer at 5-64. They were all out for 87.
ACT-NSW Country reached the target one down inside 14 overs to clinch a third straight crown at the annual carnival.
* NEWCASTLE Sixers Girls Cricket League returns February 9 with at least 10 clubs involved. The five-week under-13 and under-15 competitions run at Hamilton North’s Smith Park each Friday for two hours from 5pm.
Meanwhile, 20 teams have signed up, including recent additions Cooking Sixes and The Real Housewives of Newy, to the open equivalent Sixers Social Women’s Cricket. It’s each Sunday from February 4 (4:30-6pm).
* T20 finals take place at No.1 Sportsground this Sunday with Belmont and Charlestown squaring off twice. The clubs will battle it out for both the Denis Broad Cup (4pm) and under-21 title (12:30pm), formally a 50-over competition, while Callaghan and Hamwicks contest the under 15s (9am).
* FORMER Australian Test captain and current commentator Ian Chappell will be at the Queens Wharf Hotel for a sportsman’s lunch on Friday week (February 2).
* MURRAY Christie has notched up his 10,000th run for Waratah-Mayfield. He was playing fourth grade earlier this month.
It was part of four club milestones on January 14 with teammate Ian Liddell reaching 8000 runs, Adam Lowe claiming his 600th wicket and first grade skipper Scott Mackenzie playing game 150.
* TORONTO and Sydney club Manly-Warringah have struck up a fresh partnership.
It includes reciprocal player movements between the outfits, including this season Toronto’s Andrew Sommerville lining up in Poidevin-Gray Shield for Manly’s under 21s while Adam and James Crosthwaite are travelling up the M1 as T20 marquees for the Kookaburras in the NCC Summer Bash.
There’s also talk of pre-season camps down the track.
Toronto’s current first grade captain and former Manly player Andrew Jeffrey provides the direct link.
* BELMONT’S Toby Gray picked up eight wickets for Sydney under-16 side Northern Districts in his last two appearances but Northern Districts fell one win short of making the AW Green Shield final.
Gray claimed figures of 5-39 in Sunday’s quarter-final victory over Sydney and followed up 3-41 in Tuesday’s loss yo Parramatta.