CCCA Preview - Rd 8 - Day 1

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Round 8 of the CCCA 1st Grade competition will be a two-day fixture commencing on Saturday, and only one win separating first to sixth there is plenty riding on each match.

The Match of the Round is the Grand Final rematch between The Entrance (2nd) and Northern Power (6th) at Harry Moore Oval.

The Entrance returned to the winning list last start with a comprehensive win over Warnervale with Broc Hardy and Mitchell Starkey the stars.

Northern Power on the other hand were narrow losers to Wyong, almost pulling off a miraculous win after a modest batting performance, mainly through the efforts of skipper Chris Archer’s left arm spin.

The Power will welcome back hard hitting opening batsmen Jeremy O’Connell which will certainly add strength to their batting.

At Baker Park, ladder leaders Wyong take on Brisbane Water (5th), who enter the match on the back of two consecutive outright wins against Kincumber-Avoca and Southern Spirit respectively.

The return to form last week of skipper Ben Cohen is an added bonus for the Bluetongues, whilst Trent Scott has been a regular wicket taker in recent weeks.

Wyong have been a bit of a surprise packet, with their success this year built around a solid bowling performance, whilst skipper Hayden Murphy has been a shining light with the bat.

Arch rivals, Narara-Wyoming (4th) and Kincumber-Avoca (9th) lock horns at Gavenlock Oval.

Narara-Wyoming were part of a thrilling tie last week and relish the comforts of Gavenlock Oval where their bowlers led by the miserly Kieran Lawson, spinner James Smith and the experienced Andy Ryan excel.

Batting at Gavenlock Oval has been a struggle this season which won’t help Kincumber-Avoca who have struggled with the bat in recent matches although they did show plenty of fight in their second innings last week. The experienced Jack McRae and talented skipper Stephen McCabe are key players for the Griffins.

Warnervale (8th) return to Woorongah Oval desperate to turn around their form when they host 3rd placed Terrigal-Matcham.

Warnervale started the season in fine form however the commencement of the two day matches has seen a change in form with back-to-back big losses. The team has conceded consecutive scores in excess of 300 and skipper Simon Keen will need to find a way to overcome this if the Wildcats are to record a win.

Terrigal-Matcham welcomed back star bat Ryan James last week as they had a tie with Narara-Wyoming.

The Bellbirds strength is their bowling with the Brien brothers and Josh Bridge leading the way. With James back to add class to a sound batting line-up, Terrigal-Matcham are a hard team to beat.

In the final game, Lisarow-Ourimbah (7th) host Southern Spirt (10th) at Sohier Park.

Lisarow-Ourimbah recorded a much needed win last week against Kincumber-Avoca and will be looking to continue this form against a Spirit side who have had a tough start to the year.

The Magpies will be looking to their NSW Country bowlers in Scott Burkinshaw and Blair Lindsay to lead the way with the ball.

Skipper, Daniel Friend has been a shining light for Southern Spirit, whether it be with bat and ball and he will again have a big role to play this week.

All matches start at 12.00pm

CCCA Preview - Rd 7 - Day 2

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A big Day 2 of Round 7 for a number of clubs in the CCCA 1st Grade competition this Saturday.

At Duffys Rd, Terrigal-Matcham will searching for another 114 runs to overtake Narara-Wyoming’s total of 148, however only have five wickets remaining.

After bowling the Lions out for 148, Terrigal-Matcham lost five wickets prior to stumps to leave them in a precarious position.

The Bellbirds will be relying on not out batsmen Mitch Bowring and Nick Fagan to survive the opening attack, however the wildcard will be Ryan James who will be making his first appearance in almost 12 months. James, when on song is arguably the leading batsman in the competition and despite a lack of match practice can still be the match winner. 

Andy Ryan and Kieran Lawson did the damage for Narara-Wyoming last week and will again be major players for the Lions as will the competitions leading wicket taker James Smith.

Warnervale batsmen will need to be at their absolute best as they look to chase down The Entrance’s total of 327.

Chasing a similar total last game against Northern Power, the Wildcats were dismissed for less than a hundred but will be looking for a better performance from the likes of Simon Keen, Tony Cornwall and Scott Atkinson.

The task will not be easy against an attack which includes representative bowlers Kobe Allison and Adam Taylor.

Northern Power will need early wickets if they are to take the points against ladder leaders, Wyong at Baker Park.

The Roos need just 50 runs with eight wickets in hand to gain first innings points and have the added advantage of skipper Hayden Murphy still at the crease not out on 61.

Power’s attack led by Dave Molan and Chris Archer have performed miracles in recent years and a similar Houdini trick will be required again this week.

Kincumber-Avoca and Lisarow-Ourimbah will both be searching for outright points when they resume at Erina Oval.

On a difficult wicket on Day 1, the Magpies took first inning points and still lead by 28 runs with nine Kincumber-Avoca wickets still to take.

The Griffins will fancy their chances if they can garner a big enough lead, however they will need to improve on their last few outings with the bat which won’t be easy against NSW Country bowlers Scott Burkinshaw and Blair Lindsay.

At Col Gooley Field, Brisbane Water will be keen to wrap up outright points for the second game in a row when their match with Southern Spirit resume.

After taking 1st innings points last week, the Bluetongues need just eight more Southern Spirit wickets to gain maximum points.

Skipper Daniel Friend and Zane Smith are capable of making life difficult for Brisbane Water however it is hard to see them lasting for a whole day against the likes of Ben and Matt Sunshine and Trent Scott.

State of Play:

The Entrance 327 vs Warnervale 1/20 at Jubilee Oval

Southern Spirit 66 & 2/48 vs Bridbane Water 7/163 dec at Col Gooley Field

Wyong 2/113 vs Northern Power 162 at Baker Park

Kincumber 51 & 1/12 vs Lisarow 91 at Erina Oval

Terrigal-Matcham 5/35 vs Narara-Wyoming 148 at Duffy’s Rd

Central Coast Cricket Preview Round 7

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Fixture for Round 7 (two day matches) of the Central Coast Cricket 1st Grade Competition will commence on Saturday 24/11/18

Wyong vs Northern Power

Baker Park

Terrigal-Matcham vs Narara-Wyoming

Duffy’s Rd

The Entrance vs Warnervale

Jubilee Oval

Kincumber-Avoca vs Lisarow-Ourimbah

Erina Oval

Southern Spirit vs Brisbane Water

Col Gooley Field

Preview

Another important round of two day matches commence this Saturday in Round 7 of the Central Coast Cricket Association 1st Grade competition which has the top four teams playing each other.

It will be a top of the table clash at Baker Park when ladder leaders, Wyong host second placed Northern Power.

Wyong enter the match after an outright win over Southern Spirit with skipper Hayden Murphy a standout with bat and ball. Oliver Thompson did well following his promotion to the top of the order and he will again be required to provide the backbone of the innings against a Power bowling attack led by Dave Molan and Chris Archer.

Northern Power amassed over 300 runs last start with opener Jeremey O’Connell dynamic with a big century. Like last week when on song he is almost unstoppable and as such the Wyong attack led by quick Kaleb Daley, wily veteran Mark Leard and spinners Harrison Townsend and Adam Dufty will be looking to get him early. Ben Gillies, the Abel brothers and the experienced Caine Barnes are also all capable of scoring runs for the Power.

Duffy’s Road is the venue for the match between 3rd placed Narara-Wyoming and 4th placed Terrigal-Matcham. This match will also have the Alan Davidson Challenge Trophy up for grabs

Both teams had good wins last round with Narara-Wyoming going within one wicket of an outright win against ladder leader The Entrance.

Terrigal-Matcham patience is their key with the bat and the likes of Kyle James and the Bowring brothers make the opposition bowlers work for their wickets, this in turn allows them to put together a total in which their three ponged pace attack of Josh Bridge, Jaime and Harry Brien can defend. 

Narara-Wyoming’s bowling is their strength and also their belief that any total is defendable, which is a good mindset as their batsmen have struggled to put together many big scores.

Veteran Andy Ryan has led the attack for many years however he is now getting good support from fellow paceman Mark McLachlan, Kyle Jordan and Kieran Lawson whilst spinner James Smith is currently the competitions leading wicket taker.

Skipper Peter Gallichan was good with the ball last week however would no doubt like to get amongst the runs after a lean start to the year. When this happens the Lions will be even more potent.

The Entrance and Warnervale will both be looking to return to the winners list after big losses last Round.

After entering last round in first and third place respectively both clubs now see themselves sitting outside the top four, such is the closeness of the competition.

The batting of both sides let them down last week and skippers Lochie Gale (The Entrance) and Simon Keen (Warnervale) will be looking for greater commitment from their batsmen this week.

The Entrance’s Adam Taylor had a big game with the ball last week and he and representative quick Kobe Allison’s battle with Warnervale’s Keen, Tony Cornwall, Kaine Harmsworth and Chris Harper will be pivotal in this contest.

Kincumber-Avoca host Lisarow-Ourimbah at Erina Oval in a match that is pivotal to both sides.

The teams are sitting in 8th and 9th place respectively, 12 points from fourth position and another loss will see them struggle to make finals.

Lisarow-Ourimbah’s fielding has let them down this year which has allowed opposition sides to score more runs than their batsmen are capable of scoring. Scott Burkinshaw and Blair Lindsay have led the way with the ball whilst imports Connor Crane and Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin have shown glimpses with the bat.

Kincumber-Avoca had a poor allround performance last round losing outright to Brisbane Water which is unusual for a team who prides itself on their consistency.

You would expect the likes of skipper Steve McCabe, Jack McRae, Scott Jarvis, Harry Woodhead and the Heuston brothers to hit back hard this week. Michael Williams and Bryce Birks have been shining lights this year with both bat and ball.

In the final match of the Round, Southern Spirit host Brisbane Water at Col Gooley Oval.

The Spirit are yet to taste victory this year and will need to improve dramatically if they are to defeat a Brisbane Water side which finally delivered on their talent with an outright win against Kincumber-Avoca last week.

Matt Sunshine was dynamic with the ball and if he and Ben Sunshine are on song it will make life tough for a Spirit batting lineup which has struggled so far this year.

Dave Mitchell has been a standout with the bat this year for Brisbane Water and Southern Spirit will be looking to dismiss him early.

Daniel Friend has led the for Southern Spirit this year whilst Zac Smith enters the match on the back of a half century last week and Jordan O’Donnell and Mitch Way are more than capable with the ball.

All matches commence at 12pm.

Central Coast Cricket - Round 6 Preview

Results of Round 6 of the Central Coast Cricket Association will be played this Saturday:

Narara-Wyoming vs The Entrance @ Gavenlock Oval
Warnervale vs Northern Power @ Woongarah Oval
Lisarow-Ourimbah vs Terrigal-Matcham @ Sohier Park
Southern Spirit vs Wyong @ Col Gooley Field
Brisbane Water vs Kincumber-Avova @ Adcock Park
Table (after Round 5): The Entrance 22, Northern Power 16, Warnervale 16, Wyong 16, Terrigal Matcham 16, Narara Wyoming 16, Kincumber Avoca 10, Lisarow Ourimbah 10, Brisbane Water 4, Southern Spirit 4

Preview

Round 6 of the Central Coast Cricket Association will see the commencement of the two day matches.

All matches to date have been one day fixture and it will be interesting see if the change to the longer format of the game changes the fortunes of any teams.

The team that has dominating proceeding so for in 2018/19 is reigning premiers, The Entrance who sit at the top of the table undefeated so far this year.

This round they put the Alan Davidson Challenge Trophy up or grabs against Narara-Wyoming at Gavenlock Oval.

The Entrance's dominance has been based around the sides depth in both batting in bowling with no reliance on individual players. Skipper Lachie Gale has led from the front with his batting and his side has followed. The Seagulls will be strengthened with the return from rep duties of Adam Taylor, Kobe Allison and Broc Hardy.

Narara-Wyoming returned to winning ways last week with a comprehensive win over Brisbane Water highlight by a six wicket haul by off-spinner James Smith. Smith will not get it as easy against the strong The Entrance batting lineup however he will still be a danger and will be expected to get good support from seamers Mark McLachlan, Andy Ryan and Kyle Jordan.

McLachlan will have an even bigger role to play with bat as he is the key to an inconsistent Lions batting line-up. The return of skipper, Peter Gallichan will add starch to the lineup, however the will need a contribution from other batsmen if they are to trouble the competition leaders.

The clash between Warnervale and Northern Power at Woongarah is another mouthwatering clash.

Warnervale have been the big improvers so far in 2018 and will enter the match almost at full strength with the inclusion of Tony Cornwall and Kaine Harmsworth which will strengthen an already impressive batting lineup that has seen Simon Keen and Chris Harper score centuries in the past two weeks.

Northern Power's strength is their bowling with David Molan, Brett Lenton, Nathan Stokes and Jeremy O'Connell providing the seam options and skipper Chris Archer and Nic Babcock the spin.

The Power's batting can be best described as "Jekyll and Hyde" which was certainly illustrated last week when they chased down 250 runs, whilst two weeks earlier they couldn't make 100. O'Connell, Ben Gillies and Caine Barnes are the key's to a batting lineup that has plenty of depth.

Warnervale's opening attack of Daniel Watson and Mitch McNeilly have troubled sides with the new ball whilst youngsters Karan Katli and Joseph Liddle have impressed with the ball in their debut seasons.

Lisarow-Ourimbah will welcome back representative duo Scott Burkinshaw and Blair Lindsay when they return to Sohier Park for the first time this year to host Terrigal-Matcham.

After two impressive performances to start the year, the Magpies had their colours lowered convincingly last week against Wyong.

Lindsay will add quality to a batting line-up which has relied heavily on the performance of their British imports, Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin and Connor Crane, whilst Burkinshaw will lead the bowling attack along with Mitch Pennington, Mitchell McBeath and youngster Luke Jacobs.

Terrigal-Matcham suffered their first loss of the season last week in a tight tussle with The Entrance and will be looking for a quick return to the winners list. Their bowling attack has been strong led by Jaime Brien and Josh Bridge whilst the Tim and Mitch Bowring and opener Lloyd Radcliffe have been in good form with the bat.

After two narrow losses in recent weeks Kincumber-Avoca travel to Adcock Park to take on Brisbane Water who are still chasing their first win of the season.

Kincumber-Avoca will welcome back skipper Steve McCabe, who scored a match winning century at last weeks Country Championships and the continuation of the form will be a bonus for the Griffins as the top of the order struggled last week.

Bryce Birks has been a standout performer this year with impressive performances with both bat and ball.

Youngster Jack Heuston will have benefitted from his time with the Rep squad and his return will strengthen an already impressive bowling lineup.

Brisbane Water has struggled this season which is surprising as in paper they have a side capable of competing with the best in the competition. Dave Mitchell is the only player who has performed consistently and it is now up to Matt & Ben Sunshine, skipper Ben Cohen and Shaun Hill to follow Mitchell's lead.

In the final game, Wyong travel to Gol Gooley Field to take Southern Spirit.

Wyong were very impressive last week in their win over Lisarow-Ourimbah none more so that 16 year old Harrison Townsend, with the ACT/NSW Country Under 17 representative weaving a web with his left arm spin. He and fellow spinner Adam Dufty will again be expected to feature heavily against a Spirit side looking for its first win.

Skipper Daniel Friend has led from the front with bat and ball for Southern Spirit, however he will need support from the likes of Jordan O'Donnell, Mitch Way, Ross Watson and Laurence Legge if his side are to get the points.

Central Coast Cricket - Round 5 Preview

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Round 5 of the Central Coast Cricket Association (CCCA) 1st Grade competition will be played on Saturday 3rd November.

With several clubs missing players due to representative commitments the possibility of some upsets hang in the air.

In the Match of the Round the only two unbeaten teams, Terrigal-Matcham and The Entrance will meet at Duffy's Road.

The Entrance will be missing Adam Taylor, Broc Hardy and Kobe Allison for the match whilst Terrigal Matcham have named gun batsmen, Ryan James for his return match.

The Entrance's batting has been excellent in the early part of the season, with 200+ scores recorded in both their matches so far with the experienced Ben Day and skipper Lachie Gale in good form. The batting though will be tested this week as The Bellbirds have a strong bowling attack led by Josh Bridge, Harry and Jaime Brien.

Whilst scoring runs has not been a problem for The Entrance, they have also conceded scores of over 200 both games as well and this is an area where Terrigal-Matcham may look to gain an advantage especially through the likes of James, Lloyd Radcliffe and Mitch Bowring. Mitchell Starkey took five wickets last week and he will be looked upon again to lead the Seagulls attack. In the absence of Allison, veteran Jason Blackwood may be required to bowl a few more overs this week.

At Erina Oval, Kincumber-Avoca will be looking to return to the winners list when they take on Northern Power, who themselves had their first win of the year last week.

The Power welcome back experienced campaigners in Nic Babcock, Jeremy O'Connell, Dave Molan and James McCombie, who will lead the side in the absence of Chris Archer.

The Griffins will also be missing their skipper in Steve McCabe as well as energetic keeper/opening bat Harry Woodhead and youngster Jack Heuston

Bryce Birks was excellent with the ball for Kincumber-Avoca last week picking up six wickets and will once again be expected to provide support to the experienced Scott Jarvis, Michael Pate, John McRae and Dan Heuston.

Whilst Northern Power's have a strong bowling attack their batting at times can be a bit unpredictable however if the Abel brothers, Caine Barnes, Ben Gillies and Jeremy O'Connell fire they will be very hard to beat.

Wyong will host Lisarow-Ourimbah at Baker Park in what should be a good contest.

Wyong were disappointing last week against Terrigal-Matcham and will be missing captain Hayden Murphy for this clash. The experienced Rob Westley and Mark Leard continue to put in good performances each week whilst spinner Andrew Dufty has picked three wickets in each of his first two matches.

Lisarow-Ourimbah had a good win over arch rivals Narara-Wyoming and were impressed with the form of their imports Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin and Conor Crane. The Magpies attack will be weakened by the absence of Scott Burkinshaw and Blair Lindsay however youngster Luke Jacobs has impressed in the early games whilst the experienced Mitch Pennington, Mitch McBeath and Ethan Milne will ensure Wyong bats have to earn each run.

Warnervale head to Col Gooley Field to take on Southern Spirit bouyed by a strong win over Brisbane Water last week.

Captain Simon Keen, would be pleased with the performance of his middle order last week in particular Chris Harper who hit a century.

Southern Spirit were no match for Northern Power last week and captain Daniel Friend will be looking for an improved performance from his developing side.

In the final match, Brisbane Water will welcome the return to Adcock Park when they host neighbours Narara-Wyoming.

The Bluetongues did all the hard early work with the ball last week against Warnervale before letting the middle order take the game away from them.​

Ben and Matt Sunshine will again be required to lead the way with the ball along with Daniel Mills who took three wickets last week. Dave Mitchell has had a consistent start to the season with bat however he will need to receive greater support from Ben Sunshine, Carl Bolte and Shaun Hill especially with skipper Ben Cohen absence.​

It has been a mixed start for Narara-Wyoming with a good first up away win against Northern Power followed by a loss to Lisarow-Ourimbah.

The return of Mark McLachlan will be a big plus for the Lions as he is arguably their best player having an influence with both bat and ball. The Lions batting will need to step up especially with skipper Peter Gallichan absent on Rep duties. If their batting can score enough runs their bowling attack of McLachlan, Andy Ryan, Kyle Jordan, Keiran Lawson and James Smith is capable of defending the score.

All matches are 50 overs a side commencing at 12pm.