NEWCASTLE City will return to No.1 Sportsground for home games this season.
The Sabres become the primary summer user group for the first time in quite a while after the historical venue was shared around clubs in recent campaigns.
City host Merewether on Saturday but at Learmonth Park, where they have been based, before settling on the corner of Union and Parry streets for the rest of 2017-2018 from October 21.
Newcastle first grade finals, midweek T20 games, representative fixtures and junior carnivals will remain at the region’s main field.
* CHARLESTOWN have confirmed the signing of Sri Lankan first-class player Saliya Saman for this season.
After sorting out visas and flights the Magpies expect the 31-year-old all-rounder to arrive in time for next weekend’s clash with University. The right-hand batsman and right-arm paceman, who represented his country at both under-17 and under-19 level, has most recently been playing with Badureliya Sports Club and Ampara District.
* MEREWETHER captain Simon Moore is now just five tons away from first grade chart topper Greg Geise.
According to Newcastle District Cricket Association records Moore notched up his 31st century on Saturday with former duo Geise (36) and Jim De Courcy (25) either side of him.
* THE New Coasters under-15 girls were crowned NSW Country champions on Wednesday after defeating hosts Central North by 23 runs at Jack Collins Oval in Raymond Terrace. The under-18 competition takes place at the same venue on Thursday and Friday.
* ANDREW Johns will be guest speaker at Merewether’s sportsman’s luncheon at Souths Leagues Club next Friday (October 13).
* WITH all grades out in the middle again this weekend Newcastle district has dedicated the round to Robert “Dutchy” Holland.
The former Test spinner died last month aged 70 and as a mark of respect all players have been asked to wear black armbands and observe a minute’s silence.