NEWCASTLE have plenty of improvement to make before they enter the Sydney grade cricket Twenty20 competition after copping a hiding from the ACT Comets on Sunday in a trial.
Newcastle made 9-121 from 20 overs before the Comets belted the home side around Wallsend Oval to reach 3-125 in 13.1 overs.
It followed Newcastle’s 37-run loss to ACT in their 50-over trial on Saturday.
Comets opening batsman Blake Dean was lethal in the T20 game, belting five sixes and five boundaries in his 57 not out.
Ex-Toronto Workers batsman Matt Gawthrop made 28 for the Comets.
Newcastle fast bowler Mark Cameron had an unhappy start to his stint as player-coach, going for 0-36 in his three overs.
Mark Dries took 2-17 off two overs for Newcastle.
Earlier, Merewether’s Pat Darwen made 62 for Newcastle but had little support around him, until he was joined by University captain Luke Bird (22) at 5-58.
The pair took Newcastle to 6-107, but the innings petered out to 9-121.
On Saturday the Comets recovered from 3-40 to make 277. In reply Newcastle reached 240 with Merewether’s Josh Geary top-scoring with 58.
The 16-year-old Cardiff-Boolaroo batsman Bayley McGill impressed in his senior rep debut with 47 off 43 balls.
McGill batted at No.6 and batted with the tail, before he was the final wicket to fall.