Central Coast has ended the McDonalds Country Cricket NSW Championships with one win two loss record following a 51 run loss to eventual winners Newcastle at Tuggerah today (Sunday).
Central Coast 199 (Shaun Eaton 54, Callum Rainger 40, Brett Russell 32) lost to Newcastle 8/250 (Chris Archer 4/51, Shaun Eaton 2/37, Alex Patterson 2/48)
After losing a second consecutive toss, Central Coast fielded first and made an immediate breakthrough with Alex Patterson taking a wicket in the first over. Newcastle pair Daniel Arms and Jeff Goninan then took control putting on a partnership of 146 runs before Shaun Eaton removed Goninan for 49. Arms looked destined for a century before being trapped LBW to Eaton for an excellent 98, however with the score on 3/170 a big total beckoned. Following Arm’s dismissal the Central Coast were able to get back into the match through the excellent bowling of left arm spinner Chris Archer who not only restricted the scoring rate but also picked up four important wickets. Patterson also provided excellent support at the end to eventual see Newcastle finish at 8/250 from the 50 overs, a good total but well within Central Coast’s capabilities. Archer finished with 4/51 from his 10 overs whilst Patterson 2/48 and Eaton 2/37 were also very good. A special mention also to Tom Owen who did a magnificent job on debut taking 0/41 from 10 overs during the middle of the innings.
Needing 251 for victory Central Coast needed a strong start however this did not eventuate as Jake Hardy and Dylan Robertson both fell cheaply. Eaton (54) and Brett Russell (32) consolidate the innings with a partnership of 84 however both fell within four runs of each other to tilt the scales again in favour of Newcastle. Skipper Steve McCabe and Callum Rainger worked hard with a partnership of 47 to keep the total within reach however when McCabe was dismissed 21 the hopes diminished. Rainger did his best at the end to score 40 to end what was a very successful championships for the stylish right hander. Central Coast were eventually dismissed for 199 in the 45th over to not only hand the victory to Newcastle but also the Country Championships.
In the other game North Coast defeated Central North by 4 wickets in a high scoring contest.
Table: Newcastle 19, Central Coast 6, Central North 6, North Coast 6