CCCA - Central Coast Brutal in win over Western


Central Coast has moved to the top of the McDonalds NSW Country Championship Northern Pool ladder after an amazing days cricket at Inverell today.

After a first round loss to Central Northern on day 1 the Coast responded emphatically with a nine wicket win over Western, a win which resulted them in receiving a bonus point.

After losing the toss, Central Coast were again in the field first and again it was Kobe Allison who took an early wicket, however as was the case yesterday Western settled to be 1/82 before the introduction of spin turned the game heavily in favour of Central Coast. Chris Archer, Blair Lindsay, Adam Taylor and Broc Hardy spun a web around the Western batting lineup taking a combined 7/89 off 34 overs to see Western finish their allotted 50 overs at 9/168. Lindsay was superb finishing with 3/24 however for the second day running it was Archer who was the pick taking 1/16 off ten overs. Broc Hardy picked up two wickets with his off spin in his firest senior representative bowl whilst Lisarow Ourimbah quick Scott Burkinshaw troubled the Western batsmen finishing with 1/23 off 10 overs.

The reply from the Central Coast could be best described as brutal as Taylor and Tony Cornwell totally dominated the Western attack putting on an opening partnership of 140 before Taylor was dismissed for 61 off just 48 balls including 10 fours and a six. Lindsay then joined Cornwall to see the side to victory off just 17.4 overs (a run rate of 9.6 runs/over). Cornwall was dynamic finishing 97 not out in his best performance in Central Coast colours.

Cornwall’s innings included 17 fours and 4 sixes and came off just 54 balls. Brutal !!!!.

The other match saw North Coastal defeat Central North in another amazing batting performance, Batting first Central Northern recorded a very competitive 9/262 however North Coastal were able to chase the total down without losing a wicket with former Mountains-Kariong opener, Justin Moore scoring a dominant 162not out and NSW Country batsman Caleb Ziebel finishing 99not out.

Central Coast and North Coastal will now meet on Sunday with the winner expected to progress through to the McDonald’s NSW Country Championship final. Adding extra intrigue will be the fact that the Gallichan brothers (Peter – Central Coast & Richie – North Coastal) will captain their respective sides.

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Table: Table: Central Coast 7, North Coastal 6 (0.373), Central Northern 6 (-0.336), Western 6 (-1.668)

Central Coast Cricket - Rep Side Suffer First Up Loss


Central Coast Cricket - Rep Side Suffer First Up Loss

Central Coast defence of the McDonalds NSW Country Championships Northern Pool title got off to a disappointing start yesterday going down to Central Northern in a thriller at Inverell.

Central Northern prevailed by 16 runs after scoring 222 runs and then dismissing Central Coast for 206.

Batting first Central Northern lost too early wickets courtesy of Kobe Allison and Scott Burkinshaw however steadied to be 2/112 and heading for a big total. The introduction of spin courtesy of the left arm cartel of Chris Archer, Adam Taylor and Blair Lindsay saw Central Northern slump to 6/138 before a late rally enabled them to reach 222.

Archer was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 1/29 off his 10 overs to once again show why he is arguably the best spinner in NSW Country. Jack Heston picked up late wickets to finish with 3/41 whilst Burkinshaw 2/45; Lindsay 2/47; Taylor 1/41 and Allison 1/13 were also amongst the wickets.

Chasing 223 for victory Central Coast were unable to put together the big partnerships which were required and each time they looked to have the advantage they lost a wicket. Nine of the eleven Central Coast batsmen reached double figures, however the fact that youngster Broc Hardy top scored with 36 was the damning statistic. Taylor 35 and Ben Cohen 27 were the next best scores.

Central Coast will now need to win their next two games, commencing with Western Zone (who defeated North Coastal) if they are to have a chance of progressing through to the McDonalds NSW Country Championship final.

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