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Central Coast have opened their McDonalds Country Cricket NSW Country Championships – Northern Pool with a 54 run win over North Coast at Tuggerah today,

Central Coast 6/295cc (Callum Rainger 66no, Steve McCabe 51, Brett Russell 46, Dylan Robertson 32, Jake Hardy 31, Shaun Eaton 30) def North Coast 241 (Alex Patterson 3/26, Scott Burkinshaw 3/45)

After winning the toss and batting Central Coast put in a strong batting performance to register 6/295 off their allotted 50 overs with the top six batters all exceeding 30 with Callum Rainger being the best with 66 not out off 54 balls which included 5 fours and 2 sixes whilst skipper Steve McCabe also notched up a half century finishing with 51.

Chasing 296 on a ground with a fast outfield, North Coast started solidly with an opening stand of 57 before former Narara Wyoming player Richie Gallichan was dismissed for 27. With the run rate rising North Coast were up for the challenge with former NSW Country Player of the Year, Caleb Ziebell scoring 54 and fellow former NSW Country player Pat Rosser scoring a magnificent unbeaten 86 off 54 balls with 9 fours and 4 sixes to keep the game within their reach, the return however of Central Coast’s own NSW Country opening bowlers Alex Patterson 3/26 off 8.4 overs and Scott Burkinshaw 3/45 off ten overs was too much for North Coast and they were eventually dismissed in the 47th over for 241.

In the other game Newcastle defeated Central North by 120 runs.

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

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The Central Coast has finished runner up in the McDonalds Country Cricket NSW U19 Female Country Championships which concluded today in Raymond Terrace,

The result which saw them lose the final to a strong ACT Southern Districts side is believed to be the best result by a Central Coast side and was remarkable given their massive loss to Riverina on Day 1.

Entering the final day the Central Coast had to win their match against Western Zone and rely on both Greater Illawarra and Riverina to lose to make the final.

Central Coast did their part defeating Western by 36 runs led by excellent bowling performances from Grace Dignam 5/8 and Piper Hooke 4/9. With this result accomplished there finals berth was dependent on the two other results which both went their way which resulted in the Central Coast entering the final against the undefeated ACT Southern Districts.

In the final Central Coast won the toss and batted and through the agency of Emily Cross 25 and Tara French 19 reached 5/82 off their 20 overs, a total which was considered to be acceptable but would require early wickets. Unfortunately these wickets did not eventuate and ACT Southern Districts were able to pass the total for the loss of three wickets with14 balls to spare. Dignam was again the most successful bowler with 2/23.

Overall a fantastic performance and one the players and coaches should be very pleased with. On another promising note, Piper Hooke finished the carnival as equal leading wicket taker with 10 wickets at an average of 3.8.

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Central Coast ended a disappointing Bradman Cup campaign with a 142 run loss to Greater Illawarra in Newcastle today.

After losing the toss and having to bowl first the Central Coast boys chased leather for 50 overs as Greater Illawarra amassed 5/343. Liam Rocher was the pick of the bowlers with 3/32 from 8 overs and Matt Toohey also took 2/62 from his 10 overs.

In replay the Central Coast were never in the hunt and despite 57 from Tom Alderson, 39 from Toohey and 26 not out from Rayden Gomez they were dismissed for 201.

Central Coast finished the carnival in 7th position with 2 wins and 5 losses from their 7 games.

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U19 finalists
U19 finalists

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