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The final day of the home and away season has come and for four sides, it will be the last day of the cricket season for them.

Two sides needing a win to stay in contention, Wyong and Northern Power, will continue their battle from last week with the Power resuming at 2-59, trailing by 53 runs. A loss for either side will see them finish their season so there is everything to play for. Ben Gillies is one of the not out batsmen and if he can bat for 15 overs or more on Saturday, victory will be almost certain for the Power. But the Roos have not given up once this year and will fight all the way to the end, and with matchwinners like Hayden Murphy and Kaleb Daley in their squad, anything is possible. Bonus points could be key at the end of the day so expect a full 80 overs to be played at Baker Park.

In the other game that began last week, Narara Wyoming find themselves in a difficult situation, currently sitting at 6-63 after 29 overs against Southern Spirit at Col Gooley Oval. The Lions will be looking to put more runs on the board with around 25 more overs to bat to give their bowlers something to bowl at later in the day. James Smith and Tom Owen are the last two recognised batsmen and will be looking to bat most the overs. When the Spirit bat, they will want to shake up the finals series by defeating one of the contenders. Lachlan Cork is in form and relishes these opportunities against quality bowling attacks and this Narara Wyoming one, led by Kyle Jordan, is arguably the best in the competition.

The Entrance and Kincumber Avoca will start their match on Saturday after last weeks day one was washed out at Jubilee Oval. This is the match most of the competition will have their eyes with the result implicating finals positions. Kincumber Avoca will want to win to lock in second spot and a double chance opportunity with a loss possibly pushing them down to third and into an elimination game. Another contest for the Griffins is the batting award with housemates Dylan Robertson and Harry Woodhead separated by only 8 runs with John McRae a further 3 runs back. The Entrance are in a do or die fixture, win and continue their season, lose and start planning for next season. The Seagulls will need their guns to step up with Adam Taylor, Kobe Allison and Callum Dunkerley keys for this game.

In the final match of the round, Terrigal Matcham will need to play at their absolute best to make finals and defeat the minor premiers Lisarow Ourimbah at Duffys Rd. With 40 overs each side but no bowling restrictions, look for Josh Bridge to bowl almost unchanged from one hand to get his beloved Bellbirds into March action. But they will need runs to give him and the bowlers something to bowl at and they will need their experienced bats in Reece Bombas and Ryan James to get them a total against an intimidating bowling attack of the Magpies. Not bowling since early January, Australian Country Rep Scott Burkinshaw will be fresh and ready to go and with Matt Sunshine, Matt Jones and Blair Lindsay as bowling companions, the Magpies have plenty of options.

Warnervale have the bye.

Follow the scores live at: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=3142293

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With one round to go, five teams are in contention for the remaining two finals places with some cracking contests to finish the year.

1st – Lisarow Ourimbah – The Magpies secured the minor premiership last start and while the result doesn’t matter for ladder purposes, they will want some of their players to get in some form before finals against a Terrigal Matcham side needing to win to make finals. The return of Matt Jones from a fractured thumb will be beneficial while Scott Burkinshaw will make a return to bowling, having been unable to bowl due to a side strain since returning from rep duties. Highest Finish – 1st, Lowest Finish – 1st

2nd – Kincumber Avoca – The Griffins also cemented their spot in March action with a last week however still need win to make sure of a top two finish. Playing a determined The Entrance outfit, the boys in red and green will have the match of the round on their hands. Stat collector Dylan Robertson is one wicket away from claiming 50 wickets for the year and would love bragging rights of that. Keep an eye out for the nimble Chris Clement, who scored 33 in the earlier contest between the two sides, who could be an X-factor in this game. Highest Finish – 2nd, Lowest Finish – 3rd

3rd – Narara Wyoming – After having a washout last week, the Lions are third heading into a final round showdown with bottom placed Southern Spirit. If results got their way, the Lions can grab a second chance opportunity or at worse, a home final at the fortress of Gavenlock Oval. Kyle Jordan has been the star this season and will be critical again but be cautious of Andy Ryan, who has missed some games this year and is fresh heading into his favourite time of the cricket year. Highest Finish – 2nd, Lowest Finish – 5th

4th – The Entrance – It’s been an up and down year for the Seagulls who have played some of the best cricket of the competition but then some of the worst and see themselves needing a win against Kincumber Avoca to remain in the top 4. With the pressure applied, look for skipper Lochie Gale to show his class and produce a fighting knock while Adam Taylor won’t want to end his terrific season just yet. Highest Finish – 3rd, Lowest Finish – 6th

5th – Northern Power – Another season and another year where the Power sit either just in or out of finals with the last round ever so important. They take on fellow final aspirants Wyong with the winner making finals if other results go their way. Brendan Charlton took four wickets last week and is a big game player which he proved in the Newcastle Grand Final last year. An X-factor for this time of year is Jeremy O’Connell, a disappointing season so far but is a top 10 bat in the competition and a big score is around the corner. Highest Finish – 3rd, Lowest Finish – 6th

6th – Terrigal Matcham – The Bellbirds have the toughest job of the season needing to beat minor premiers Lisarow Ourimbah and results go their way to make finals. Since Christmas, Terrigal Matcham have been on a tear climbing up the ladder and have given themselves and chance to play March cricket. Josh Bridge has been the catalyst and will need another almighty effort to get his team in the finals while his opening bowling buddy Jamie Brien has had a good record against the Magpies and will fancy his chances. Highest Finish – 3rd, Lowest Finish – 6th

7th – Wyong – Sneaking up into finals contention is Wyong. The Roos have crept along having both their byes on this side of new year and kept themselves in the hunt for the top four. A win against Northern Power and other results going their way is all they need. Kaleb Daley is key with bat and ball but has shown he is up to the challenge while Hayden Murphy has the third best average in the competition with the bat. Highest Finish – 4rd, Lowest Finish – 6th

8th – Warnervale – The Wildcats have the bye this week and have already started planning for next season. Highest Finish – 8th, Lowest Finish – 8th

9th – Southern Spirit – The Spirit will finish this season in last position despite the result against Narara Wyoming this round. Inter team bragging rights are on the line with Daniel Friend leading Zane Smith by 11 runs for the batting award and Harrison Jaenke in front of Lachlan Cork by three wickets heading into this game. Highest Finish – 9th, Lowest Finish – 9th .

Sunday will also see the final of the Glenn Rowlands Shield Under 21’s competition.

Kincumber Avoca, Southern Spirit, Warnervale and Terrigal Matcham will compete on the finals day with the semi finals commencing at 9am and the Grand Final at 4pm.

Live scores on both Saturday and Sunday can be found at: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=3142296

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First grade will revert back to the one day format this Saturday for Round 17 after last weeks washout.

Dates

Home Team

 

Away Team

Venue

8 Feb 2015 Feb 20

Northern Power

v

Southern Spirit

Harry Moore Oval

8 Feb 2015 Feb 20

Lisarow

v

The Entrance

Sohier Park  

8 Feb 2015 Feb 20

Kincumber

v

Warnervale

Erina Oval 

8 Feb 2015 Feb 20

Narara

v

Terrigal

Gavenlock Oval 

8 Feb 2015 Feb 20

Wyong

v

BYE

 

Match of the round will be played at Sohier Park when Lisarow Ourimbah (1st place) take on The Entrance (4th). The Magpies have already secured the minor premiership but would love to dent the final chances of the Seagulls who need to win to possibly stay in the top four. All rounder Blair Lindsay has had his best season overall with both bat and ball and hell be eyeing off 400 runs for the season while explosive batsman Ben Cohen 22 runs away from passing the magical 500 run mark. The Entrance are hanging onto fourth spot and with the toughest run home facing the top two teams, they will need their stars to fire. Adam Taylor is sitting in the top six for both bat and ball and is coming off a seven wicket haul last outing while Mitch Starkey loves the big matches is the leading pace bowler for the Seagulls this year.

At Gavenlock Oval, finals contenders Narara Wyoming will be hosting Terrigal Matcham in a game which will be massive the finals placings. The Lions had a fantastic win last start at The Entrance and will be looking to keep that momentum going at home where they have been strong all year. The James Smith led side sit in third position and will want to keep winning giving them a chance to jump into second spot which will give them a second chance in the finals. Peter Cross has found form since the Christmas break averaging 59.5 with the stick while Kyle Jordan has taken a career high in wickets in a year in first grade for him sitting on 37 and will be eyeing off 40 for the year. For Terrigal Matcham, a win here and a loss by The Entrance will see them sit inside the top four for the first time this year with one game to go. Former NSW 2XI player Reece Bombas is finding form at the right time of the year only being dismissed under 25 once since Christmas, averaging 46,75 while Josh Bridge has come into his own in 2020 taking 16 wickets and averaging an astonishing 3.9 with the ball.

Another side still chasing finals cricket is Northern Power and they will be hosting Southern Spirit at Harry Moore Oval. The Power have only won one game in 2020 and will need to play two very good games of cricket to sneak inside the finals four. Ben Gillies is the key to the Powers batting, scoring 263 runs for the year and will want a couple more big knocks before the seasons over. Workhorse Dave Molan has had another impressive year leading the bowling attack and has 25 wickets for the season. For the Spirit its been another tough year but a learning curve for a lot of their youngsters and they will be better next year for the experience. Daniel Friend has led from the front again, currently being their leading run scorer with 258 runs.

In the final game of the round, Kincumber Avoca will look to lock up second place when they welcome Warnervale to Erina Oval. The Griffins have sat in the top four all year and will want that all important double chance for the finals series. T20 player of the match Dylan Robertson has had a superb year since being cut from Toronto scoring 371 runs @ 23 and taking 49 poles at an impressive 6.98. John McCrae has made the move to opener this year seemingly, averaging 30 since the move to the top. For the Wildcats, this will be their last game of the year with a bye next week and will want to head to Mad Monday on a high. The loss of Simon Keen has hurt them with the former skipper scoring 395 runs @ 36 before leaving for Vanuatu, while Brett Russell is creeping up on 400 runs currently 42 runs behind the mark. With 20 wickets for the year, Daniel Hill will want to finish well to claim the Wildcats bowling award at seasons end. Harrison Jaenke has been a find for the Spirit claiming 19 wickets and cementing himself as the leader of the attack.

Wyong have the bye.

Live scorecards: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=3142292

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An exciting Day 2 of Round 16 will be played out Saturday with opportunities for some teams to jump up the ladder in the race towards the finals.

Current position:

Warnervale will need someone in their top six to go on and make a big score as they resume their innings on 1-53, requiring another 219 runs for victory over Lisarow Ourimbah. Brett Russell was on fire late last week but is an out this week, replaced by experienced first grader Dave Mitchell with Jonathon Boyd the other not out batsmen. The Wildcats know that the first hour will be important against a strong Lisarow Ourimbah bowling. The Magpies have been hit with injuries though with Scott Burkinshaw (side strain) and Matt Jones (fractured thumb) unlikely to bowl but the Magpies will still have plenty of options with former NSW Country spinner Blair Lindsay to do the bulk of the work.

Narara Wyoming are 5 wickets away from claiming first innings points against The Entrance at Jubilee Oval. Mark Mariner and Mitch Starkey will resume batting for the Seagulls, needing 135 runs for first innings points. This game is far from over with history showing that Jubilee Oval is the highest scoring ground on the coast giving the Seagulls some confidence. For the Lions, the return of Mark McLachlan for week two gives them another seam bowling option to go with the already dangerous Kyle Jordan and Keiran Lawson. The Lions might also be looking ahead with an outright victory cementing them well and truly in the four.

Baker Park will see Wyong eyeing off maximum points for the round when they also require 5 wickets for first innings points against Southern Spirit. If Kaleb Daley and the rest of the fast bowling cartel get on a roll, an outright victory is not out of the question and is needed if they want to have a chance at making the four. The Spirit though have arguably their two best bats at the crease in captain Daniel Friend and Lachlan Cork. If these two can get through the first hour and can kick on, they have the class to chase down the 199 target.

In the final game of the round, Northern Power will look to start fresh after losing two late wickets on day 1 against Terrigal Matcham. Representative players Chris Archer and Brendan Charlton will resume their innings Saturday against a very talented Bellbirds bowling attack. The Power need to learn from Reece Bombas’s innings last week, taking his time and knowing that if one batsmen can go big, they will be in with a big shot at winning this game. Terrigal Matcham will be backing their fast bowlers all the way with Jamie Brien and Josh Bridge being the in form opening bowling partnership this year, knowing if they hit their spots, victory will nearly be theirs.

Kincumber Avoca have the bye.

Full scorecards: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=3142264

 

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With only three rounds left before finals, some teams will need big performances to start making a charge for the final four.

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Jubilee Oval will be the host of match of the round when The Entrance take on Narara Wyoming. The Seagulls are sitting in third position and a win will nearly cement a spot in the finals for them. Veterans Ash Hardy and Jason Blackwood produced some vintage performances last week and are proven players at this time of the year. For Narara Wyoming this is a huge game with a win possibly pushing them up to third while a lose my mean they fall outside the four if results go against them. Medium-Fast Bowler Kyle Jordan has been a standout for the Lions sitting second on the bowling charts with 34 and he will be on the hunt to get to 40 wickets by season close.

At Duffys Rd, Terrigal Matcham will be hoping their batsmen can find some form can help out their bowlers when they challenge Northern Power. The Bellbirds cartel of Josh Bridge and the Brien brothers, Jamie and Harry, have been superb all year but runs have been hard to come by for Terrigal Matcham’s batting. Ryan James has been a class batsmen for many years and without a century so far this year, get ready for a big end of the year for him. The Power have everything to play for with a win here possibly shooting them up inside the top four. Left Arm Spinning maestro Chris Archer returns to the side and will bring valuable lessons learnt from his NSW Country trip.

Top of the table Lisarow will travel to Woongarrah Sports Complex to take on Warnervale. The Magpies were the only side to claim first innings points last week and will be keen to add another victory to the table so as to cement a top two position on the ladder. The Sunshine boys, Matt and Benjamin, are the Magpies leading wicket takers this year and brotherly rivalry will spur them on to beat one another. The Wildcats are looking for someone to fill the big shoes left by outgoing skipper Simon Keen and will need a team performance to claim an upset win this week. Young spinners Joey Liddle and Karan Katli should relish the opportunity at bowling to some of the Coasts best bats this week.

In the final match of the round 15, Wyong will host Southern Spirit at Baker Park. The Roos sit second last on the table and will want to avoid a loss which could put them in danger of claiming the wooden spoon. Star bat Hayden Murphy has been in good recent form and will want to make a big score to push him closer to the magical 500 run mark for the season. For the Spirit, this is a big game for them if they are to avoid the wooden spoon at seasons end. Daniel Friend has had a lean run of scores for the year and what a time it would be for the skipper to have a match winning knock.

Kincumber Avoca have the bye.

Scores can be followed live at: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/RoundResults.aspx?redirect=1&

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