Littlewood to bat on despite groin injury

BATTING: Belmont skipper Mark Littlewood. Picture: Jonathan CarrollINJURED skipper MarkLittlewood will try to resume his innings and salvage an unlikely win for Belmont on Saturday.

The club and Newcastle representative skipper will return to Ron Hill Oval with a torn groin, suffered duringday one of their two-day encounter against Toronto.

The all-rounder failed to finish his seventh over when bowling and then dropped down a few places in the batting order to No.7.

He remains six not out, but Belmont are in serious trouble at 9-78 in reply to the Kookaburras’175.

Less running and more hitting may be the preferred option for Littlewood.

R10: Magpies 132 v Wests 4-146; Toronto 175 v Belmont 9-78; Cardiff 3-60 v Stockton 188; City 1-31 v Wallsend 235; Uni 2-12 v Hamwicks 267; Waratah 168 v Lions 1-68.

* WARATAH-MAYFIELDare celebrating the 20thanniversary of their annual sevens competition this week.

Following pool matches on Tuesday and Wednesday the finals will take place at Waratah Oval on Sunday.

The Buds and Sid’s Scorchers have so far fared better than winless Burke’s Backyarders.

Meanwhile, first grade skipper Scott Mackenzie is in the midst of his 150thgame for the club with “old boys”to be marked at home this Saturday afternoon.

* MEREWETHER’S Harrison Colbert claimed a double hat-trick in second grade.

* JAKE Ball may be a name familiar for more reasons than one.

Not only was he one of several English quicks injured throughout this Ashes tour, the 26-year-old spraining his ankle in a warm-up game, but in 2013-2014 he played five matches for Newcastle first grade side Toronto.

Ball lined up for the Kookaburras inJanuary and February, collecting seven wickets at an average of 27.57.

He remains in Australia as part of England’s one-day squad.