Charlestown have secured the services of recent Sheffield Shield debutant Charlie Stobo as a guest player in the Newcastle District Cricket Association Twenty20 competition.
Club president Chris Oliver confirmed the signing on Wednesday but the Gordon first grader remains in doubt for the Magpies’ first round clash with Wests at home on January 8 depending on a fitness test withCricket NSW this week.
Regardless of the outcome for that game, the 21-year-old paceman has declared his availability for all but one of Charlestown’s other four preliminary encounters, which finish on February 12.
SUCCESS: Charlie Stobo claimed seven wickets in his maiden appearance for NSW earlier this month. Picture: Getty Images.
“The only problem with Charlie [Stobo] is a fitness test he has to pass,” Oliver said.
“So there’s a possibility he may miss the first game, but he’s hopeful he won’t. So at this stage he will playfour of the five preliminary games with us.”
Stobo played his first national domestic match earlier this month and took seven wickets against South at the Adelaide Oval.
He has followed in the footsteps of his father Richard, who took seven wickets in six state games for the Blues during the 1980s, and it comes after receiving the O’Reilly Medal for best and fairest in Sydney last season.
“We’d actually got onto him before he got selectedin the state side so it was a bit of a coup,” Oliver said.
“He’s a terrific young guy, very enthusiastic about it and really keen to play.”
Stobo joins Highlanders teammateTym Crawford, who impressed with the bat for Charlestown last summer as they made the final only to be beaten by Hamilton-Wickham.
Charlestown’s other marquee player from 2015-2016, Adam Taylor, is now with University, who have finalised their two guests.Josh Bennett (University of NSW) and Tim Prescott (Norths –Maitland)both return for the Students, who won the Tom Locker Cup on December 18.
Also coming back are Randwick-Petersham pair Nathan Price (Wallsend) and Shaun Eaton (Stockton-Raymond Terrace).
Newcastle City have picked up North Sydney skipper and former Cricket Superstar contestant Justin Avendano while Toronto look set to connect with Penrith’s English import Tom Kohler-Cadmore.
LADDER:Belmont 64, Hamilton-Wickham 47, University 40, Merewether 37, Toronto 37, Charlestown 32, Wests 31, Waratah-Mayfield 28, Newcastle City 27, Stockton-Raymond Terrace 20, Wallsend 11, Cardiff-Boolaroo 9.