TOBY Gray has joined an illustrious list of Newcastle representatives to be named NSW Country youth player of the year.
The teenage leg-spinner picked up the award for 2018-19 and now sits alongside current Blues squad member Jason Sangha (2016), former first-class pacemen Burt Cockley (2007), Mark Cameron (2001) and his Belmont teammate Jamie Heath (1995) as well as Sam Gilmour (2006) and Gary Geise (2004).
Former Australian star Adam Gilchrist (1989) was also a recipient.
The prize caps off a stellar summer for Gray, who won national titles with ACT-NSW Country at both under-17 and under-19 tournaments, represented Newcastle in colts and seniors and was selected for the Cricket Australia rookie list.
* TWELVE months on from his first overseas appointment in Zimbabwe, Novocastrian Test player-turned-umpire Paul Wilson has clocked up visits to India, New Zealand and most recently the West Indies.
The 47-year-old former Southern Lakes seamer has now officiated in 23 one-day internationals.
* MEREWETHER will bid farewell to the "green room" at Townson Oval this weekend. The club's traditional headquarters, located at the south-east corner of the ground, is due for demolition after the season as work on the redeveloped Clarke stand nears completion.
* NEWCASTLE trio Aidan Cahill (City), Ethan McLachlan (Wests) and Jack Hartigan (Hamwicks) have been named across two country teams to play in the Under-16 State Challenge at Campbelltown next month.