THE Pumas (Hamwicks) and Whips (Belmont) remain unbeaten following the midweek rounds of the T20 Summer Bash after both recorded wins on Wednesday.
Ben Balcomb scored 56 not out at the top of the order as the Pumas (3-99) chased down the Tigers’ (Wallsend) 98 with 29 balls to spare at Passmore Oval.
Luke Muddle stood out for the Whips, scoring 30 and taking 3-25 in defending 6-126 by 10 runs against the Black Roses (Cardiff) at No.1 Sportsground.
* HUNTER leg-spinner Maisy Gibson was named on Wednesday in the 14-player NSW Breakers squad to travel to Adelaide for a crucial Women’s National Cricket League double header.
Gibson, who last week wrapped up WBBL commitments with the Sydney Thunder, will be alongside internationals such as Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Ash Gardner, Rachel Haynes and Nicola Carey.
Third-placed NSW, who have 19 of 22 titles to their name, meet South Australia on Friday and second-placed ACT on Saturday.
* CONGRATULATIONS to Robert Dan, who received an Order of Australia Medal on the weekend as part of the 2019 Australia Day honours.
The accolade was for community service through a range of organisations, including cricket clubs such as Merewether, Charlestown and University. He also used to open the batting for the Newcastle rep team.
* CHARLESTOWN leg-spinner Daniel Chillingworth extended his lead on the Newcastle district first grade wicket-taking list after claiming 5-33 on Saturday.
He’s now five clear with 28 wickets for the season.
Next best is Merewether left-arm orthodox spinner Tim O’Neill (23).
* TICKETS are still available to see premiership-winning Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy speak at the Magpies’ sporting lunch at Charlestown Bowling Club on Wednesday.