Central Coast has moved to the top of the McDonalds NSW Country Championship Northern Pool ladder after an amazing days cricket at Inverell today.
After a first round loss to Central Northern on day 1 the Coast responded emphatically with a nine wicket win over Western, a win which resulted them in receiving a bonus point.
After losing the toss, Central Coast were again in the field first and again it was Kobe Allison who took an early wicket, however as was the case yesterday Western settled to be 1/82 before the introduction of spin turned the game heavily in favour of Central Coast. Chris Archer, Blair Lindsay, Adam Taylor and Broc Hardy spun a web around the Western batting lineup taking a combined 7/89 off 34 overs to see Western finish their allotted 50 overs at 9/168. Lindsay was superb finishing with 3/24 however for the second day running it was Archer who was the pick taking 1/16 off ten overs. Broc Hardy picked up two wickets with his off spin in his firest senior representative bowl whilst Lisarow Ourimbah quick Scott Burkinshaw troubled the Western batsmen finishing with 1/23 off 10 overs.
The reply from the Central Coast could be best described as brutal as Taylor and Tony Cornwell totally dominated the Western attack putting on an opening partnership of 140 before Taylor was dismissed for 61 off just 48 balls including 10 fours and a six. Lindsay then joined Cornwall to see the side to victory off just 17.4 overs (a run rate of 9.6 runs/over). Cornwall was dynamic finishing 97 not out in his best performance in Central Coast colours.
Cornwall’s innings included 17 fours and 4 sixes and came off just 54 balls. Brutal !!!!.
The other match saw North Coastal defeat Central North in another amazing batting performance, Batting first Central Northern recorded a very competitive 9/262 however North Coastal were able to chase the total down without losing a wicket with former Mountains-Kariong opener, Justin Moore scoring a dominant 162not out and NSW Country batsman Caleb Ziebel finishing 99not out.
Central Coast and North Coastal will now meet on Sunday with the winner expected to progress through to the McDonald’s NSW Country Championship final. Adding extra intrigue will be the fact that the Gallichan brothers (Peter – Central Coast & Richie – North Coastal) will captain their respective sides.
Table: Table: Central Coast 7, North Coastal 6 (0.373), Central Northern 6 (-0.336), Western 6 (-1.668)