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
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.