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It is a big weekend of cricket this weekend with the final round of one day matches to be played on Saturday and the semi-finals of the T20 and Under 21’s competitions to be played on Sunday.

Saturday

Rd 18 – Two  Day Match – 12pm start

Dates

Home Team

 

Away Team

Venue

23 Feb 19 & 2 Mar 19

Southern Spirit

v

Northern Power

Col Gooley Field

23 Feb 19 & 2 Mar 19

Wyong

v

Terrigal-Matcham

Baker Park 

23 Feb 19 & 2 Mar 19

Kincumber Avoca

v

The Entrance

Erina Oval 

23 Feb 19 & 2 Mar 19

Lisarow-Ourimbah

v

Narara-Wyoming

Sohier Park No. 1

23 Feb 19 & 2 Mar 19

Brisbane Water

v

Warnervale

Adcock Park No. 1 

Overall Ladder:

The Entrance 76, Warnervale 70, Narara-Wyoming 61, Wyong 58, Northern Power 56, Brisbane Water 48, Kincumber Avoca 46, Lisarow Ourimbah 44, Terrigal Matcham 37, Southern Spirit 16

Sunday

T20 Finals @ Baker Park, Wyong

Match

Home Team

 

Away Team

Time

Glenn Rowlands Shield U21

Kincumber Avoca

v

Wyong

11.00am 

1st Grade

The Entrance

v

Warnervale

2.45pm 

Preview – Round 18

The final round of the CCCA competition will be commence this Saturday with three teams battling for the final two finals position.

The Entrance and Warnervale have already secured their finals spot albeit the Minor Premiership is still up for grabs, should The Entrance slip up in the final round. The interest however is in the minor placings with Narara-Wyoming, Wyong and Northern Power all fighting it out for the two available spots.

Narara-Wyoming sit in third position on the ladder and can guarantee themselves a finals spot if they can defeat Lisarow-Ourimbah at Sohier Park. These two sides are arch rivals and have met in many finals defining games over the years and more often than not Narara-Wyoming come out on top, however the Magpies would like nothing more than to end what has been a relatively disappointing season on a high by defeating their neighbours.

Key Players: Andy Ryan and Peter Gallichan – Narara-Wyoming; Scott Burkinshaw & Blair Lindsay – Lisarow-Ourimbah.

Wyong will need to rebound quickly from a narrow loss to Lisarow-Ourimbah when they host Terrigal Matcham at Baker Park. The Roos were just three runs away from an almost guaranteed finals berth last week, however now have to rely on defeating the Bellbirds and hope that Northern Power do not obtain an outright win to gain a top four spot, a position they have held for the majority of the season.

Batting has been the achilles heel for Wyong in recent weeks and they will be hoping the return of skipper, Hayden Murphy will overcome this shortfall. Olly Thompson had a good start to the season however has only scored in double figures twice in his last seven bats and Wyong will require a reversal of form from him if they are to not only make the finals but be competitive in them. Wyong’s bowling has been very good with the experienced Mark Leard and youngster Kaleb Daley leading the pace attack whilst Harrison Townsend is having an excellent debut season bowling his left arm spin.

Normally a team sitting second last on the ladder would have little to play for leading into the last round however that is not the case for Terrigal Matcham who next week will be playing in the One day Final and hence will be looking to build momentum leading into that match. The Bellbirds have fallen away badly after Christmas mainly due to inconsistent batting displays. On their day the batting line up boasting Lloyd Radcliffe, Ryan and Kyle James, Tim & Mitch Bowring is capable of posting good totals but unfortunately they have not been able to fire on the same day. This has then put pressure on their bowling attack which has held up well with both Jaime Brian and Josh Bridge having excellent seasons taking 64 wickets between them.

Key Players: Hayden Murphy & Harrison Townsend – Wyong; Ryan James & Jaime Brien – Terrigal Matcham

Northern Power have arguably the easiest final round match when they take on bottom placed Southern Spirit. The Power need as a minimum a first innings win and possibly an  outright win if they are to pull off an amazing comeback and enter their second consecutive finals campaign. After Round 11, Northern Power were sitting in 9th position, however winning five of their past six games, including an outright win last round has them well placed to play finals.

Spin bowlers Chris Archer and Nick Babcock hold the key to this match as their ability to take wickets in a hurry could be important late on Day 2. Ben Gillies has been outstanding with the bat along with Brett Lenton who has been a revelation at the top of the order scoring 356 runs for the year.

It has been a tough year for Southern Spirit with only a two day win over Lisarow-Ourimbah and a T20 win over Brisbane Water to show for their efforts. In saying that however their form in recent matches have been encouraging even though they have not got the results. Laurence Legge and Daniel Friend have performed well with the bat, whilst Harry Jaenke has been excellent with the ball.

Key Players: Chris Archer & Nick Babcock – Northern Power; Laurence Legge & Harry Jaenke – Southern Spirit

Ladder leaders, The Entrance travel to Erina Oval to take on an injury ravaged Kincumber Avoca with the knowledge that a win will secure them the Minor Premiership for the second consecutive season.

Both teams will enter the match with contrasting fortunes as The Entrance are in top form having qualified for both the T20 and One Day final and on the verge of finishing Minor Premiership whilst Kincumber Avoca will be struggling to put a competitive side on the park.

Representative players Adam Taylor and Broc Hardy and Ben Day continue to lead the way with the bat for the Gulls, whilst Mitchell Starkey, Kobe Allison and Taylor are dangerous with ball in hand.

The Griffens will be hoping for the return of influential skipper Stephen McCabe as he adds class to a fragile batting line up. Jack Heuston has had an excellent debut season and he will be looking a strong showing in his final game of the season as will Bryce Birks who has also had a good year with the ball.

Key Players: Adam Taylor & Mitchell Starkey – Narara-Wyoming; Stephen McCabe & Jack Heuston – Kincumber-Avoca.

In the final game, Brisbane Water host Warnervale at Adcock Park.

Brisbane Water will miss the finals this year, however they have had a strong two day season claiming 34 of a maximum 50 points in this format of the game. By comparison Warnervale have recorded 22 points.

Brisbane Waters bowling attack led by Matt & Ben Sunshine and Trent Scott have been strong all year whilst Mitchell Wood was excellent last week. Apart from Ben Cohen their batting however is a bit hit and miss, David Mitchell has struggled since Christmas whilst Ben Sunshine has been consistent without being dominant having eleven scores in double figures but only two scores above 40.

Warnervale are arguably the form side in the competition having only lost one of their past ten games and whilst Simon Keen has been outstanding the contributions from the likes of Brett Russell, Joey Liddle and Mitch McNeilly has made them a much more rounded team.

Key Players: Ben Cohen & Matt Sunshine – Brisbane Water ; Simon Keen & Joey Liddle - Warnervale

All matches can be followed live at:

http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/RoundResults.aspx?redirect=1&

Preview – T20 Finals

The first of the CCCA finals will take place on Sunday at Baker Park with the 1st Grade T20 and Glenn Rowlands Shield Under 21’s finals being played.

In the 1st Grade final the showdown between The Entrance and Warnervale promises to be an explosive contest as these two teams have proven to be best exponents of the T20 game.

The Entrance will enter the match as defending champions, whilst Warnervale will be playing their first top grade decider.

The Entrance have a well balanced side led by the experienced Jason Blackwood who has been excellent at the top of the order. Broc Hardy adds plenty of class to the line-up whether it be with bat, ball or in the field, whilst Adam Taylor form is this format of the game was demonstrated when he claimed Player of the Tournament at this years “Country Cricket NSW Plan B Regional Bash”.

Warnervale are not short on big game players either with Simon Keen arguably the best player in the competition with over 200 Sydney 1st Grade games under his belt, Kaine Harmsworth, who on his day can be a destroyer with either bat or ball, whilst Tony Cornwall loves this format of the game.

The winner of this game will be the side who makes the most of their opportunities, as T20 cricket is known to make the extraordinary appear ordinary.

The day will start with Glenn Rowlands Shield Under 21’s match between Kincumber Avoca and Wyong.

Wyong will be looking to make it three titles in a row and will be confident having eliminated The Entrance in the final.

Kaleb Daley was outstanding in the semi-final and will obviously be a key in the final, whilst Harrison Townsend, Teagan Kavanagh and Michael Leard are others to keep a watch on.

Kincumber Avoca will be looking to Dan Heuston to lead the way with bat and ball whilst fellow 1st grade players in Michael Williams, Jack Heuston and Bryce Birks will have big roles to play.

Scores from both matches can be followed live at:

1st Grade: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchid=2880740&gradeid=2180_1&locx=MATCH

Under 21’s: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchid=2880740&gradeid=2180_1&locx=MATCH

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