The Newcastle representative cricket team will have a slightly new look in 2018-2019 with one Price wrapping up and another taking over.
Joseph Price is set to retire from representative cricket all together after arguably his most successful summer in those ranks while Nathan Price has officially been appointed captain of the 34-man training squad released this week.
The two players, from the Wests and Wallsend clubs respectively, are no relation.
Joseph, currently playing in England, was named player of the tournament after helping NSW claim the Australian Country Championships in Geraldton in January.
This followed on from his run-scoring efforts for Newcastle en route to winning the 2017-2018 NSW Country Championships and T20 Regional Bash.
The 35-year-old Adamstown all-rounder was also central to Wests collecting the Newcastle District Cricket Association first grade minor-major premiership double, featuring bowling figures of 4-71 from 36.5 overs in the grand final, and Tom Locker Cup one-day title last season.
Nathan steps up to fill the void left by outgoing, long-term Newcastle skipper Mark Littlewood.
“Mark has been a tremendous and successful captain for many seasons and Newcastle is fortunate to have a player of Nathan’s calibre to take over,” NDCA chairman Paul Marjoribanks said.
Newcastle’s first practice match will be against Sydney side Manly at Ron Hill Oval on September 15. The T20 Regional Bash starts on October 7.
This year’s T20 Regional Bash will launch the new Cameron Park sporting facility with a clash between defending champions the Newcastle Blasters and the newly formed Lake Mac Attack. It will be followed by double headers the next Sunday (October 14), also featuring the Hunter Hitmen and Central Coast Rush.
The Newcastle Steel will again compete in the Sydney-based NSW Premier Cricket T20 Cup, which starts on November 4.
The 2018-2019 NSW Country Championships, with 50-over games, take place in Nowra from November 9 to 11.
Six players remain from the NSW Country Championship final victory in Bowral in November with Littlewood, James Rushford, Pat Darwen, Dylan Hunter, Burt Cockley, Daniel Morton and Andrew Somerville not available. Nathan Price, Jeff Goninan, Jed Dickson, Jonty Durrheim, Ben Balcomb and Nick Foster are in the mix again.
Another eight, including Rhys Hanlon, Dan Bailey, Tom Allen and Matt Willett, continue from the T20 Regional Bash success at the SCG in December.
Notable additions to the extended Newcastle squad include former Sydney first-grade captain and Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper Andrew Harriott, former City all-rounder Ryan Van Kemenade as well as Central Coast pair Ryan Fenning and Dylan Robertson.
NSW under-19 squad members Josh Claridge, Toby Gray, Lewis Hextell and Glenn Winsor also made the cut.
NEWCASTLE SQUAD: Nathan Price (c), Brad Aldous, Tom Allen, Daniel Arms, Daniel Bailey, Rahul Bakshi, Ben Balcomb, Aaron Bills, Adrian Chad, Daniel Chillingworth, Jed Dickson, Jonty Durrheim, Ryan Fenning, Nick Foster, Matthew Gawthrop, Josh Geary, Jeff Goninan, Rhys Hanlon, Andrew Harriott, Griffin Lea, Peter Lojszczyk, Bailey McGill, Jesse Major, Jacob Montgomery, Michael Radnidge, Dylan Robertson, Ryan Van Kemenade, Matthew Wicks, Matthew Willett, Aaron Wivell, Josh Claridge, Toby Gray, Lewis Hextell, Glenn Winsor.