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