Review of this weeks Round 13 CCCA 1st Grade competition.
Rd 13 – Two day matches
Wyong vs The Entrance @ Baker Park
Brisbane Water vs Lisarow Ourimbah @ Adcock Park
Kincumber Avoca vs Warnervale @ Erina Oval
Terrigal Matcham vs Northern Power @ Duffys Rd
Southern Spirit vs Narara-Wyoming @ Col Gooley Field
The CCCA 1st Grade competition will revert to the two-day format commencing this Saturday.
Four rounds of T20 matches has shaken up the ladder and this round’s matches hold significance importance for a number of teams.
The Match of the Round, will be the top of the table clash between The Entrance and Wyong at Baker Park.
Reigning Premiers The Entrance have been the most consistent team in all formats again this season will be a great test for a Wyong side who have surprised many this year.
Mitchell Starkey has been a leading performer for The Entrance this year and he will again be a key for the Gulls. Broc Hardy and Ben Day have had good years with the bat and Wyong will need to dismiss these two cheaply if they are to restrict them to an achievable total.
Skipper Hayden Murphy has been a standout with both and ball for Wyong whilst Olly Thompson has also scored valuable runs at the top of the order.
Kincumber Avoca and Warnervale will do battle at Erina Oval with both clubs having very successful T20 campaigns reigniting their premiership chances.
Simon Keen was a standout in the T20’s and he will again be influential in this match especially if he makes an appearance at the bowling crease, which has been rare this year in the longer format.
Stephen McCabe is the key for Kincumber Avoca and if he fires Kincumber Avoca will relish their chances of victory especially with their strong bowling attack.
The Alan Davidson Challenge Trophy will also be up for grabs on this match.
Brisbane Water and Lisarow Ourimbah will do battle at Adcock Park in an important match for both clubs.
Brisbane Water sit in fourth position on the ladder, however were disappointing in both last weeks T20 matches. Prior to the T20’s Brisbane Water had put together three consecutive outright wins and will be looking to replicate this form against the Magpies. Ben & Matt Sunshine, Ben Cohen and Dave Mitchell are keys for the Bluetongues.
Lisarow Ourimbah have mixed their form this year however still remain within striking distance of the top four, but cannot afford to drop many more games.
The Magpies will be missing NSW Country reps Blair Lindsay and Scott Burkinshaw for the first week of the match which will place extra responsibility on senior players Mitch McBeath, Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin, Connor Crane and Mitch Pennington.
Terrigal-Matcham and Northern Power meet in an important match at Duffy’s Rd.
These two teams slipped down the table with poor T20 performances and as such a win will be very welcome.
Terrigal Matcham will be looking to Ryan James and Lloyd Radcliffe to lead the way with the bat to give their key bowlers Josh Bridge, Jaime Brien and Harry Brien a competitive total to defend.
2018 Runners Up Northern Power have struggled to reach last years level, however on their day are equal to any side in the competition.
Brett Lenton has been a revelation at the top of the order making valuable contributions to support Ben Gillies who has been their most consistent batsmen. Dave Molan will be again required to lead the attack with Nick Babcock to provide the spin in the absence of skipper Chris Archer for Day 1.
In the final match Narara-Wyoming will be looking to move into the top four when they travel to Col Gooley Field to take on Southern Spirit.
Southern Spirit recorded their first win of the season in the last two day match and will be looking to replicate this performance against Narara-Wyoming.
Laurence Legge has been a consistent run scorer recently providing good support to skipper Daniel Friend. They will need to be at their best as Narara-Wyoming have a strong bowling attack led by Kyle Jordan, Andy Ryan, Mark McLachlan and James Smith.
The return of proven run scorer Peter Cross will be boost for a team which has struggled to score runs this year. Peter Gallichan has gotten starts in recent innings which would indicate a big score is around the corner whilst McLachlan is consistent at the top of the order.
All matches start at 12pm