A magnificent century from skipper Peter Gallichan was not enough to lift Central Coast to their first McDonald Country Cricket NSW Country Championship at North Dalton Park, Wollongong.
Unfortunately Gallichan’s knock was surpassed by ACT Southern Districts, John Rogers who hit a brilliant 175not out.
It is rare for a century to be scored in the final, but to have two on the same day spoke volumes for the players and also the quality of the wicket.
A former Tasmania and Western Australia Sheffield Shield player, Rogers was the only batsmen of any substance for his side, but his score was sufficient for ACT Southern Districts to score 9/276 off their 50 overs.
Rogers came to the crease in the second over and survived a good spell of bowling from Central Coast paceman Scott Burkinshaw and Kobe Allison.
Once set, he paced his innings superbly and did not give a chance until after he passed his century, which came up in the 34th over.
Burkinshaw finished with the figures of 4/56 and Allison 1/17 off 5 overs whilst youngster Jack Heuston was very impressive bowling at the end of the innings taking 1/30.
The well credentialed left arm spin trio of Chris Archer, Blair Lindsay and Adam Taylor bowled soundly but struggled to make inroads on the excellent batting surface taking just the one wicket between them.
Needing 277 to win the Central Coast lost the early wicket of Tony Cornwall, however Gallichan and Taylor steadied the ship and were starting to get on top when with the score on 74, a misunderstanding saw Taylor run out for 25.
From this point on Steve McCabe 17, Ben Cohen 10 and Broc Hardy 12 all made short cameo’s but unable to hang around to establish the one big partnership the Central Coast needed to challenge the big target.
Gallichan brought up his century in the 42nd over, before being dismissed for 107.
The innings was Gallichan’s best in a Central Coast shirt with his superb running between wickets and ability to rotate the strike a highlight, and provided his side with a chance for victory right up until he was dismissed with the score on 206.
With the chances of victory waning, Harry Woodhead and Chris Archer breathed life into the game with a quickfire 43 run partnership off 5 overs. However when Archer was run out 14 and Woodhead (31 off 25 balls) became the third run out for innings the final over, the match was over with ACT Southern Districts prevailing by 24 runs.
It was the third year in a row that the Central Coast had finished on the wrong side of the ledger in the final, however the side is resilient and keen to go one better in 2019/20.
ACT Southern Districts 9/276 (J Rogers 175no O Chivers 20 S Burkinshaw 4/56) def Central Coast 252 (P Gallichan 107 H Woodhead 32 A Taylor25 A Blacka 2/34 B Floros 2/57)
Player of the Final: John Rogers (ACT Southern Districts)
Peter Gallichan after being dismissed and the scoreboard showing his hundred.
Peter Gallichan scoring his 100th run https://www.facebook.com/CentralCoastCricketAssociation/videos/231607464460533/
WIN Illawarra and Canberra should have vision of the match.