A clash three years in the making


It has been 1175 days since our region’s two associations last played off in a John Bull Shield match.

The date was November 25, 2018 and powerhouse clubs of recent years such PCH and Belltrees were still decades into their respective premiership droughts.

That afternoon former Rouchel bowler Lachlan Cheshire (3/15) dismissed Singleton’s three opening batsmen before Gavin Newton-Smith (4/14) joined the party at Howe Park.

Upper Hunter batsmen Broque Smith and Jake Duffin remained unbeaten on 62 and 27 to secure the 10-wicket victory.

The following year, Upper Hunter defeated Singleton on forfeit while the 2020 matchup was washed out.

This Sunday’s clash will commence at 10am.

Players are advised to arrive at Scone’s Bill Rose Sports Complex by 9:30am.

2022 John Bull Shield competition

Round 1 – January 30       Singleton (9/228) defeated by Cessnock (7/229)

Round 2 – February 13      Upper Hunter vs. Singleton

Round 3 – February 22      Cessnock vs. Upper Hunter

John Bull Shield Final – March 6           TBD