OUT: Hamwicks all-rounder Matt Webber will be sidelined for one match, starting Saturday, because of suspension. University’s Nathan Hudson has the same punishment while Stockton Raymond Terrace bowler Bryan Warren returns after a game away. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNewcastle first XI all-rounders Matt Webber and Nathan Hudson will be sidelined with suspension for round 12while opening bowler Bryan Warren returns after a week off.
The three players copped one-matchpunishments from January fixtures with Webber and Hudson missing for Hamilton-Wickhamand University respectively while Warren’s back for Stockton-Raymond Terrace.
Webber won’t line-up forHamwicks in aseason-defining two-day clash with Belmont at Miller Field starting Saturday. He was sanctioned this week for hitting hisstumps after being dismissedin a 22-run win over Waratah-Mayfield last start.
Hudson’s out against former club Toronto at University Ovalafter also beingreprimanded midweek for talking back with umpires in a vital three-wicket victory over frontrunners Merewether.
And Warren has been named for Stockton against Newcastle City at Lynn Oval from Saturday after being a notable absentee froma 59-run defeat by Toronto. If followsa send off delivered a game earlier versus Cardiff-Boolaroo.
They are the first suspensionshanded down in thetop grade for 2017-2018.
Compounding the loss of Webber for Hamwicks,injured paceman Andrew Maher (back) is alsounavailable for the upcoming encounter.
However, the defending champions welcome back skipper Josh Trappel, who was away for round 11, and he knows the importance of claiming competition points with only one separating third to fifth.
“It’s a big game for us, we need to win it,” Trappel said.
Trappel did not want to comment on the first suspension of Webber’s career.
Elsewhere and the minor premiership will be up for grabs between Wests and Merewether at Harker Oval, Charlestown regain the services of Sri Lankan first-class importSaliya Salan against Waratah at Kahibah Oval while Cardiff-Boolaroo are aiming for back-to-back triumphs when they travel to meet Wallsend.
Meanwhile,former n under-17 representative Greg Hunt returns to Belmont from Sydney for rounds two and three of theNCC Summer Bash on Sunday.The Whips host the Black Roses (Cardiff), minus marqueeNick Watkins,and Sabres (City) at Miller Field.
OPEN: Greg Hunt returns to Belmont from Sydney for Sunday’s T20 fixtures. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
First-up T20 winners the Magpies (Charlestown)and Rosellas (Wests) meet at Kahibah Oval along with the Seagulls (Stockton).The Tigers (Wallsend) are without skipper Nathan Price against the Sea Dragons (University) and Kookaburras (Toronto) at Ron Hill Oval.The Lions (Merewether), Pumas (Hamwicks) and Waratahs (Waratah) are at Townson Oval.