The Central Coast has retained the McDonalds Country Cricket NSW Colts Trophy after a carnival in Bathurst which was marred by poor air quality and an unplayable pitch which saw matches cancelled and the match between Central Coast and Newcastle rescheduled for Newcastle’s Ron Hill Oval today (Sunday).
The Central Coast opened the carnival in excellent form defeating Greater Illawarra and in doing so also gaining a bonus point to take an early lead in the Carnival.
Their match against Riverina on day 2 was abandoned within 20 overs when smoke from the bushfires made the air quality unsuitable for play.
Day 3 had two x T20 matches scheduled with the first game against ACT Southern Districts cancelled without a ball being bowled due to the continuing smoke issue. Thankfully the smoke haze lifted and the Round 4 match against Western was able to be played.
Unfortunately, Central Coast batsmen were still in a haze as they were dismissed for just 77 and despite a gallant performance by the bowlers the Coast side were unable to get the win.
This left them needing to defeat Newcastle on the final day to retain the title. Unfortunately the wicket at Bathurst was not to the same standard as the anticipation for this match up and the umpires were forced to abandon the game after 25 overs due to a dangerous wicket.
With the match virtually a final, Cricket NSW officials made the unprecedented decision to reschedule the match between the two sides to the Sunday in Newcastle. This is believed to be the first time such a decision had been made.
Central Coast won the toss in the final and led by a magnificent century to captain Broc Hardy they were able to post 8/276 from their 50 overs. Hardy scored 116 from 108 balls and received excellent support from Tom Owen 51, Harry Channells 28 and Lachlan Cork 23.
Defending 276, a well disciplined bowling display restricted the Newcastle batting lineup after they had put on 49 for the opening wicket. Karan Katli was the most successful bowler with 4/20 off 5 overs, however Jack Swainston did the damage through the middle with 3/17 off 6 overs whilst the performances of Lachlan Cork 1/26 off 8 overs, Kaleb Daley 1/16 off 6 overs and Harrison Townsend 0/24 off 10 overs should not be understated.
Round 1 vs Greater Illawarra – 50 overs
Central Coast 3/150 (Callum Dunkerley 69, Broc Hardy 30no, Harry Channells 26, Lachlan Cork 21no) def Greater Illawarra 149 (Jack Heuston 3/24, Karan Katli 2/28)
Round 2 vs Riverina – 50 overs
Round 3 vs ACT Southern Districts – T20
Round 4 vs Western – T20
Central Coast 77 lost to Western 7/78 (Harrison Townsend 2/9, Jack Heuston 2/16)
Round 5 vs Newcastle – 50 overs
Central Coast 8/276 (Broc Hardy 116, Tom Owen 51, Harry Channells 28, Lachlan Cork 23) def Newcastle 140 (Karan Katli 4/29, Jack Swainston 3/17)
Central Coast 13, North Coastal 11, Western 9, Newcastle 9, Greater Illawarra 9, ACT Southern Districts 7, Central Northern 5, Riverina 3