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Central Coast Rebound Strongly after Disappointing Opening Day (Tuesday January 11 2022)

Central Coast have rebounded strongly after a disappointing day of the McDonalds Country Cricket NSW Colts Championships by winning both T20 matches on Day 2 and ironically it was the batsmen who led the way.

Central Coast opened the day against Riverina and after being sent into the field the Central Coast restricted Riverina to 7/114 off their 20 overs with Karan Katli 2/14 and Seth Slominski 2/22 the most successful bowler.

Chasing 115 for victory Central Coast lost the early wicket of Jordan McDonald however were able to establish two partnerships but lost wickets at crucial times first Lachlan Shedden was run out for 16 then Joe Merlino for a well made 33. With the score at 3/68 after 14 overs there was till plenty of work to do, enter Tex Parry. With very little cricket under his belt due to COVID restrictions Parry was dynamic scoring 53 off just 36 balls with two fours and an amazing six sixes, and with the help of skipper Lachlan Rainger, 6no the Central Coast were able to reach the required target with almost 3 overs to spare.

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The afternoon match saw them take on arch rivals Newcastle and it was Newcastle who took to the crease first and put together a very competitive score of 3/131 from their 20 overs. Bailey Lidgard and Campbell Crossfield was the pick of the bowlers with 1/17 and 1/24 off their four overs respectively.

Needing to be at their best with the bat, McDonald set the tone at the top of the innings taking on the Newcastle bowlers hitting two fours and two sixers before he was dismissed for 23 off just 13 balls. Shedden and Merlino again kept the scoreboard ticking over with a partnership of 60 before Shedden was dismissed for 17. That was the last wicket Central Coast would lose as Merlino and Parry polished off the remaining runs with two overs to spare. Merlino was magnificent and continued his good carnival finishing unbeaten on 61 scored off 54 balls with five fours and two sixes whilst Parry finished unbeaten on 19 which included another maximum.

The two results were a credit to the players and coaching staff and with two days to go kept themselves in Championship contention.

Tomorrow they take on the unbeaten North Coastal in a 50 over match.

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Central Coast Colts Out of Championship Contention (Wednesday January 12 2022)

Central Coast have bowed out of contention of the McDonalds Country Cricket NSW Championships following a 97 run loss to North Coastal in Bathurst today.

After losing the toss and bowling first, Central Coast made a good fist of this task and courtesy of five wickets from Karan Katli they had the Championship leaders in trouble at 7/98. A rearguard action from the North Coastal tail saw them consolidate then go on and post a very competitive 204, being dismissed in the 48th over. Katli was excellent taking 5/60 whilst Bailey Lidgard was also very good with 2/10 from his 10 overs and Fynn Newell did well up front with 2/36 from 10 overs as well.

When it was their turn to bat, Central Coast were never in the hunt losing wickets at regular intervals to be dismissed for 107. Their cause was not helped by three run outs. Safin Robertson was the standout performer with the bat scoring 38 before being unluckily run out from a bowlers deflection.

The Central Coast will round out their campaign tomorrow against ACT Southern Districts

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