Newcastle District Cricket Association: Mark Littlewood steps down as representative captain after decade in the job

End of an era for Newcastle rep captain CHANGE: Newcastle representative skipper Mark Littlewood has stepped down after 10 seasons in the role. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Newcastle batsman Mark Littlewood, left, survives a run out at Waratah Oval. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Belmont’s Mark Littlewood and Hamilton-Wickham’s Josh Trappel with The Winn Challenge Shield. Photo: Marina Neill

Mark Littlewood batting at University Oval at Callaghan. University, fielding, VS Belmont, batting, on January 14, 2017. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Captains Nathan Price, Blasters and Mark Littlewood, Steel.

TweetFacebookMark Littlewood remembers missing his school formal to debut for Newcastle in 2002.

Outside two stints in Adelaidethe all-rounder has been part of the city’s senior representative ranks each summer since, featuring the last decade as captain.

But now the 33-year-old father-of-two, including newest addition Alby last month, has decided to step down from the leadership role and, for the time being at least, all playingcommitments.

“I’ve loved every minute of playing for Newcastle,” the former South Second XI member said.

“But with the family and a few other commitments, I just haven’t got the time anymore. I want to be in 100 percent or not at all.”

It means Littlewood finished his career for Newcastle on a winning note, leading the team to victory at the NSW Country Championships at Bowral in November.

This was the sixth time he’d tasted success at the annual carnival since being appointed skipper in 2008-2009, following the unexpected resignation of then captainSimon Moore.

“I was probably thrust into it a little bit early,” the four-time Bush Blue said.

“But I feel like I grew into the role and ended up doing a job I was pretty proud of.”

The most recent challenge had beenintroducing Newcastle toSydney’s premier T20 competition.

Wallsend’s Nathan Price will be the most likely replacement.

There will also be aleadership change at clubside Belmont in 2018-2019 with wicketkeeper Marcus Hainsworth taking over from Littlewood, who won’t play the early parts of thiscampaign but may consider returning later in the summer.

“He [Hainsworth] will be great,” Littlewood said.

“I think the guys probably need a different voice and it will be refreshing for the club. I’ll just see how the golf is going and if I can’t hit them straight then I’ll probably be back.”

Meanwhile andWests premiership-winning all-rounder Joseph Price claimed 2-48, scored 10 runs and took a catch on Saturday in his first game for Englishside Bracebridge Heath just 24 hours after the 35-year-old arrived in the country.

Price, who was named player of the tournament at January’s n Country Championships, will take part in the Lincolnshire Premier League during the off-season after confirming his visa on Thursday and flying out of Sydney that same afternoon.

Bracebridge beat Louth by 59 runs and picked up 17 competition points.

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