Magpies T20 captain Jed Dickson made the 335-kilometre trip back from Armidale a worthwhile one, top scoring in a first-up NCC Summer Bash win on Tuesday evening.
Dickson, who is away this week coaching the Newcastle under-14 side at the Kookaburra Cup, returned home to No.1 Sportsground in time to open the batting and make 48 runs from 37 balls.
This helped launch the Charlestown-based team to reach 8-133 before dismissing the Black Roses, out of the Cardiff-Boolaroo club, for 82 in reply.
Dickson and Magpies marquee Tym Crawford got the innings off to a flying start before the skipper and Josh Claridge posted a half-century partnership.
The Black Roses fought back to restrict the victors to 5-30 from the final 6.3 overs, but chasing the target only marquee Nick Watkins (38) managed to return any type of serve.
The stand-alone competition continues at No.1 Sportsground on Wednesday (5pm) with the Seagulls (Stockton-Raymond Terrace) up against the Sabres (Newcastle City), who are set to be boosted by the addition of Sussex county batsman Ollie Robinson and former club first grader Ryan Van Kemenade.
The Whips (Belmont), including former ACT wicketkeeper Beau McClintock, and Rosellas (Wests) meet at the same venue on Thursday.
Elsewhere, Newcastle representative all-rounder Joseph Price scored 32 runs, took 2-27 and claimed two catches but the Bush Blues (192) suffered their first loss of the Australian Country Championships in Geraldton on Tuesday when they fell short of East Asia Pacific (250) in a 50-over fixture.
- Jason Sangha made 27 in Australia’s Under-19 World Cup warm-up win over Sri Lanka in New Zealand on Tuesday.