Cricket: NSW rookie Jason Sangha would "love" to play first-class matches in "hometown" Newcastle

NSW rookie Jason Sangha has revealed his desire to play first-class fixtures in his “hometown” of Newcastle.  

HOME: Jason Sangha wants to see first-class matches played in Newcastle. Picture: Jay Cronan

HOME: Jason Sangha wants to see first-class matches played in Newcastle. Picture: Jay Cronan

The 18-year-old, who is en route to Townsville with the Cricket Australia XI for another Ashes warm-up match against England, responded to coverage in the Newcastle Herald over the weekend.

It was revealed in Saturday’s edition that Cricket NSW are lobbying the state government for a purpose-built stadium in the proposed Broadmeadow sporting precinct. Council-run No.1 Sportsground is restricted hosting top-tier games or housing Big Bash teams without upgrades to meet requirements.  

“Extremely great article about cricket in Newcastle,” Sangha posted on Facebook. 

“Newcastle should be the best venue/competition after Sydney. There needs to be a push for first class games here. I know for myself I would love to play games back in my hometown of Newcastle!”

Sangha, who played for Wallsend and Toronto, made just three and five in CAXI’s 192-run loss to England at the Adelaide Oval last week.

OUT: Cricket Australia XI representative Jason Sangha after being dismissed against England in the Ashes warm-up game at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Picture: AAP

OUT: Cricket Australia XI representative Jason Sangha after being dismissed against England in the Ashes warm-up game at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Picture: AAP

The second four-day, first-class, tour match starts on Wednesday. 

In recent weeks Sangha, also contracted by the Sydney Thunder, became the youngest player outside Australian skipper Steve Smith to score two centuries in the Sydney first grade competition. The tons were made for Randwick-Petersham.

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