The Central Coast will be looking to claim their first McDonalds NSW Country Championship title at Wollongong this Sunday and continue to magnificent season the Central Coast have had in Representative Cricket which has already seen them crowned NSW Country Champions at Plan B Regional Bash (T20), Under 18’s (Colts), Under 16’s (Bradman Cup) and Under 14’s (Kookaburra Cup).
Having been defeated in the past two Country Championship Finals (Western Zone 2016/17 and Newcastle last year) the Central Coast will be looking to make it third time lucky and claim the trophy that has so far eluded them
Their opponents on Sunday will be the newly formed ACT Southern Districts Zone, who won the Southern Pool Championships without dropping a game.
In the Northern Pool Carnival, The Central Coast recovered from a first round loss to Central Northern to claim a finals berth with a convincing win over North Coastal on the final day.
The Central Coast skipper, Peter Gallichan has a simple recipe for success and that being all players making a contribution whether it be with bat, ball or in the field, they achieved this in Inverell with three good performances with the bat, led by Steve McCabe, Tony Cornwall, Adam Taylor and Hayden Murphy. The bowling was led by left arm spinners Chris Archer, Blair Lindsay and Adam Taylor all who strangled the opposition through the middle of their innings, their performances led them to all gaining selection in the NSW Country side alongside quick Scott Burkinshaw whose pace and variation was vital in the death overs. The third and probable the most unheralded art in fielding and despite a couple of dropped catches the Central Coast were superb, no more so than Broc Hardy who pulled off two brilliant runouts in the final game.
The Central Coast have kept the same side that won the Plan B Regional Bash final on Tuesday (see attached).
The match on Sunday at North Dalton Park is 50 overs a side commencing at 10am, and if you can’t make it to the ground you can follow the scores live at http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=2893767
Road to the final:
Central Coast 206 (Broc Hardy 36, Adam Taylor 35, Ben Cohen 27) lost to Central Northern 222 (Jack Heuston 3/41, Scott Burkinshaw 2/45, Blair Lindsay 2/47) by 16 runs
Central Coast 1/169 (Tony Cornwall 97no, Adam Taylor 61) def Western 9/168 ( Blair Lindsay 3/24, Broc Hardy 2/15) by 9 wickets
Central Coast 6/257 (Steve McCabe 118no, Hayden Murphy 68, Broc Hardy 32no) dev North Coastal 183 (Blair Lindsay 4/27, Scott Burkinshaw 3/34),
Central Coast 13, Western 12, North Coastal 6, Central North 6