SATURDAY’S fixtures will go a long way towards determining who makes next month’s Tom Locker Cup final, with top-four teams from both pools meeting.
Pool B leaders Wests (16 points) host Hamilton-Wickham (9) at Harker Oval while second-placed Charlestown (14) are away to one-day title holders University (9).
In pool A the crucial clash is between last season’s finalists Belmont (13) and 2015-2016 champions Merewether (10) while Wallsend (6) are home to Newcastle City (13).
The remaining four winless sides – Waratah-Mayfield, Toronto (Pool A), Stockton-Raymond Terrace and Cardiff-Boolaroo (Pool B) – play each other in search of their first success this summer.
This weekend signals the third of five straight preliminary 40-over rounds.
The decider will take place at No.1 Sportsground on November 12.
* FIVE Newcastle-Central Coast girls have been picked for January’s Under-15 National Championship in Adelaide with Grace Dignam named captain of the ACT-NSW Country squad.
She will be joined by Hannah Green, Maddison McGuigan, Sophie Shelley and Clare Webber.
Central North had two representatives – Deni Baker and Jessica Davidson.
Newcastle-Central Coast’s Abbey Taylor and Central North’s Claire Lennon made the ACT-NSW Country under 18s to play a Cricket Australia tournament in Canberra from November 27.
* CHARLESTOWN first-class recruit Saliya Saman has arrived from Sri Lanka in time for round three and will be hosted at the home of club coach Michael Hill.