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Central Coast Cricket Association

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.