Newcastle District Cricket Association: Charlestown claim club championship for first time since 2006-2007

HIGH FIVES: Charlestown players celebrate a wicket during the 2017-2018 season. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
HIGH FIVES: Charlestown players celebrate a wicket during the 2017-2018 season. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

CHARLESTOWN have wrapped up the Newcastle District Cricket Association club championship for the first time in over a decade.

The Magpies finished on 1153 points, well ahead of nearest rivals Merewether (1002), to clinch the prize in 2017-2018 with all four grades qualifying for this weekend’s semi-finals.

Charlestown clinched back-to-back club crowns in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, including the latter joint with Merewether. 

It was the 11th title for the Magpies with previous success featuring a hat-trick between 1989-1990 and 1991-1992. The initial trophy came in 1975-1976. 

SEMI-FINALS (March 17 & 18): Wests (1) v Hamilton-Wickham (4) at Harker Oval; Merewether (2) v Charlestown (3) at No.1 Sportsground. From 10:30am.

SEMI-FINALS (March 17 & 18): Wests (1) v Hamilton-Wickham (4) at Harker Oval; Merewether (2) v Charlestown (3) at No.1 Sportsground. From 10:30am.

* FIRST grade teams between fifth and ninth positions on the competition ladder finished up separated by just four points following the weekend’s final round.  

Mixed results meant a bit more switch-a-roo with University (55) narrowly ahead of the chasing pack while Belmont and Newcastle City (52) as well as Toronto and Wallsend (51) needed quotients to split them. 

* CARDIFF-BOOLAROO collected a second straight wooden spoon as they bid farewell to traditional home ground Cardiff No.1 with an outright loss on Saturday. 

* DAVE Szumowski is off to Dubai after accepting an International Cricket Council role as participation pathways manager. His tenure as Cricket NSW development leader for Northern NSW finishes April 13. 

* LOWER grade play-offs have minor premiers Charlestown home to University at Kahibah Oval in seconds but away to the Tigers at Wallsend Oval in thirds and City at Learmonth Park in fourths.   

Merewether feature in all other encounters – travelling to Ron Hill Oval against Toronto in seconds, hosting City at Townson Oval in thirds and meeting Stockton at Lynn Oval in fourths.