Charlestown may be without Glenn Winsor this Saturday but the up and coming talent will return full of confidence next weekend after being selected in the Australian under-17 team.
The all-rounder will be rested for the Magpies’ second-round one-day clash at home against Cardiff-Boolaroo after representing ACT-NSW Country at the 11-day Under-17 National Championships in Queensland.
Competition wrapped up Thursday before Winsor was officially named in the 14-man squad on Friday.
Throughout the tournament he made 209 runs at an average of 41.8, including a top score of 85, and took nine wickets at 19 apiece, featuring 4-30.
Winsor, who received higher honours next to ACT-NSW Country teammates Will Fort (Norths – Maitland) and Dominic O'Shannessy (Bowral Blues), will now play for the Cricket Australia XI at the National Under-19 Championships in Tasmania in December.
Winsor’s first grade club captain Steve Mace said Charlestown will only benefit from his eventual return.
“He’s developing well, got a little bit of pace behind him and he’s made of the right stuff,” Mace said.
“He grows an extra leg with that selection and hopefully does well for us.”
Winsor’s news comes a few days after Charlestown confirmed the signing of Sri Lankan first-class player Saliya Saman and less than a week after an opening-round last-over win against defending champions Hamilton-Wickham back at traditional home Kahibah Oval for the first time in 12 months.
Bayley McGill will debut for the Magpies against former club Cardiff-Boolaroo.
Elsewhere and a ground change this week sees University now at home to Hamwicks on Saturday with the Sea Dragons welcoming back batsman James Rushford from a stint in England and the Pumas strengthened by the return of both captain Josh Trappel and all-rounder Sam Webber.
Miller Park will be the venue for Belmont’s battle with Toronto as Cahill Oval undergoes upgrades.
After an overseas holiday new skipper Nathan Price will have his first game in charge of Wallsend, who host Waratah-Mayfield.
James King takes the reins at ladder-leading Wests, who are missing NSW Country quick Tom Allen (wedding), for a tussle away against Stockton-Raymond Terrace at Lynn Oval.
And Newcastle City are down English import Toby Fynn with a knee strain for their 40-over encounter versus Merewether at Learmonth Park.
Play starts at 12pm.
- The Robert “Dutchy” Holland tribute round will be celebrated on Saturday with players across all grades asked to wear black armbands and observe one minute silence for the former Test spinner, who passed away last month.