Central Coast Cricket - Rep Side Suffer First Up Loss
Central Coast defence of the McDonalds NSW Country Championships Northern Pool title got off to a disappointing start yesterday going down to Central Northern in a thriller at Inverell.
Central Northern prevailed by 16 runs after scoring 222 runs and then dismissing Central Coast for 206.
Batting first Central Northern lost too early wickets courtesy of Kobe Allison and Scott Burkinshaw however steadied to be 2/112 and heading for a big total. The introduction of spin courtesy of the left arm cartel of Chris Archer, Adam Taylor and Blair Lindsay saw Central Northern slump to 6/138 before a late rally enabled them to reach 222.
Archer was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 1/29 off his 10 overs to once again show why he is arguably the best spinner in NSW Country. Jack Heston picked up late wickets to finish with 3/41 whilst Burkinshaw 2/45; Lindsay 2/47; Taylor 1/41 and Allison 1/13 were also amongst the wickets.
Chasing 223 for victory Central Coast were unable to put together the big partnerships which were required and each time they looked to have the advantage they lost a wicket. Nine of the eleven Central Coast batsmen reached double figures, however the fact that youngster Broc Hardy top scored with 36 was the damning statistic. Taylor 35 and Ben Cohen 27 were the next best scores.
Central Coast will now need to win their next two games, commencing with Western Zone (who defeated North Coastal) if they are to have a chance of progressing through to the McDonalds NSW Country Championship final.