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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

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After a strong win in the opening round of the McDonalds Country Cricket NSW Country Championships, Central Coast suffered a disappointing loss to Central North by 31 runs at Tuggerah today.

Central Coast 197 (Jake Hardy 68, Steve McCabe 44, Callum Rainger 32) lost to Central North 8/228 (Chris Archer 3/34, Jack Heuston 2/25)

After losing the toss, Central Coast fielded first and after an early wicket were made to work hard by a determined Central North outfit led by former Lisarow Ourimbah player Simon Norvill 58 and Callum Gabriel 52. The visitors struggled for wickets however good bowling through the middle of the innings by Chris Archer 3/34 and Dylan Robertson 1/34, both off 10 overs restricted Central North to be very competitive 8/228 off their 50 overs.

Needing 229 for victory were on par with Central North for most of the innings courtesy of 68 from opener Jake Hardy and with the score at 5/183, and with Steve McCabe and Callum Rainger at the crease Central Coast seemed to be gaining the upper hand following consecutives sixes from McCabe. However in a unique set of circumstances the second six resulted in a lost ball and the replacement ball gave the returning Central North opening bowlers a new lease of life. From 5/183, Pat Magann and Tom O’Neill proceeded to take the final five Central Coast wickets for 14 runs off 20 balls to see them dismissed for 197. McCabe ended up with a well made 44 and Rainger 32. O’Neill was excellent finishing with 4/35 whilst both Magann and Bryce Warren took two wickets apiece.

In the other game Newcastle defeated North Coast by three wickets in a tight contest.

Tomorrow Central Coast will play Newcastle and Central North will do battle with North Coast.

Table: Newcastle 13, Central Coast 6, Central North 6, North Coast 0

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