Central Coast Go Down Fighting in Country Final

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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)

Full match scores: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=2893774

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Peter Gallichan after being dismissed and the scoreboard showing his hundred.

Peter Gallichan Century Scoreboard Peter Gallichan

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Peter Gallichan scoring his 100th run https://www.facebook.com/CentralCoastCricketAssociation/videos/231607464460533/

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Central Coast Looking to Claim Inaugural NSW Country Championship Title

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The Central Coast will be looking to claim their first McDonalds NSW Country Championship title at Wollongong this Sunday and continue to magnificent season the Central Coast have had in Representative Cricket which has already seen them crowned NSW Country Champions at Plan B Regional Bash (T20), Under 18’s (Colts), Under 16’s (Bradman Cup) and Under 14’s (Kookaburra Cup).

Having been defeated in the past two Country Championship Finals (Western Zone 2016/17 and Newcastle last year) the Central Coast will be looking to make it third time lucky and claim the trophy that has so far eluded them

Their opponents on Sunday will be the newly formed ACT Southern Districts Zone, who won the Southern Pool Championships without dropping a game.

In the Northern Pool Carnival, The Central Coast recovered from a first round loss to Central Northern to claim a finals berth with a convincing win over North Coastal on the final day.

The Central Coast skipper, Peter Gallichan has a simple recipe for success and that being all players making a contribution whether it be with bat, ball or in the field, they achieved this in Inverell with three good performances with the bat, led by Steve McCabe, Tony Cornwall, Adam Taylor and Hayden Murphy. The bowling was led by left arm spinners Chris Archer, Blair Lindsay and Adam Taylor all who strangled the opposition through the middle of their innings, their performances led them to all gaining selection in the NSW Country side alongside quick Scott Burkinshaw whose pace and variation was vital in the death overs. The third and probable the most unheralded art in fielding and despite a couple of dropped catches the Central Coast were superb, no more so than Broc Hardy who pulled off two brilliant runouts in the final game.

The Central Coast have kept the same side that won the Plan B Regional Bash final on Tuesday (see attached).

The match on Sunday at North Dalton Park is 50 overs a side commencing at 10am, and if you can’t make it to the ground you can follow the scores live at http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=2893767

Road to the final:

Round 1

Central Coast 206 (Broc Hardy 36, Adam Taylor 35, Ben Cohen 27) lost to Central Northern 222 (Jack Heuston 3/41, Scott Burkinshaw 2/45, Blair Lindsay 2/47) by 16 runs

Round 2

Central Coast 1/169 (Tony Cornwall 97no, Adam Taylor 61) def Western 9/168 ( Blair Lindsay 3/24, Broc Hardy 2/15) by 9 wickets

Round 3

Central Coast 6/257 (Steve McCabe 118no, Hayden Murphy 68, Broc Hardy 32no) dev North Coastal 183 (Blair Lindsay 4/27, Scott Burkinshaw 3/34),

Table

Central Coast 13, Western 12, North Coastal 6, Central North 6