Waratah Oval will be used to host Newcastle Steel’s double header against Sydney first grade sides on Sunday after No.1 Sportsground was ruled out for being “below standard”.
The decision to move the back-to-back NSW Premier T20 Cup fixtures against Eastern Suburbs and Manly-Warringah was made following the weekend’s Tom Locker Cup final.
Wests defeated Merewether by three wickets in the Newcastle first grade one-day decider on Sunday, but the outfield was bare in places and forced a late change by representative officials.
“The outfield at No. 1 isn’t up to standard to host NSW Premier League cricket,” Newcastle district chairman Paul Marjoribanks said.
“The ground received a poor rating after the Tom Locker final on Sunday. This is second time in three seasons we have had to move these matches off No. 1 due to the state of the ground.”
Hamwicks captain Josh Trappel and Waratah-Mayfield all-rounder Jonty Durrheim join the 12 Newcastle players that won round one.
Newcastle beat Randwick-Petersham by five runs at Coogee Oval last month.
NEWCASTLE: Mark Littlewood (c), Jeff Goninan, Joseph Price, James Rushford, Patrick Darwen, Dylan Hunter, Jed Dickson, Adrian Chad, Jonty Durrheim, Burt Cockley, Nick Foster, Daniel Morton, Andrew Sommerville, Josh Trappel.