THE Newcastle women's representative squad have been allocated the home dressing shed for next week's T20 Regional Bash semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Blasters coach Steve Taylor received the official word from Cricket NSW before training on Wednesday.
"It's a special space for Australian men's and women's cricketers," Taylor said.
Newcastle will be without Allison McGrath and Abbey Taylor, who are both lining up for ACT-NSW Country at the Cricket Australia Under-18 Female National Championships in Tasmania.
City teammates Alethea Graham and Millie Kohl have been called into the Newcastle side, who earned a top-four spot at the inaugural tournament following a first-round win over Central Coast in October.
The Blasters meet the Coffs Coast Charges at the SCG on Tuesday (10am). The winner progresses to the final later that same day.
* UNIVERSITY could jump from eighth to equal fourth on the Newcastle District Cricket Association first grade competition ladder if predicted rain falls this week and washes out the second day of round-nine fixtures.
Only the Sea Dragons (6-120) collected first-innings points on Saturday, already leading Belmont (89) by 31 runs with four wickets in hand.
No play around the grounds would see Uni go from 29 points to 35 and join both Wallsend and Charlestown (33) if their respective games end up drawn.
* MEREWETHER players observed a minute silence on Saturday for long-time clubman Roy Clarke, who died earlier this month aged 97.
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