With the One day and T20 matches now completed the race to the finals is now on in earnest with four, two day matches to be played before the finals.
Lisarow Ourimbah 79.1%, Kincumber Avoca 65.8%, The Entrance 62.8%, Narara Wyoming 59.1%, Northern Power 49.1%, Terrigal Matcham 40.4%, Warnervale 36.7%, Wyong 35%, Southern Spirit 15.8%
Round 15 Fixtures:
Narara Wyoming vs Lisarow Ourimbah @ Gavenlock Oval
Northern Power vs Kincumber Avoca @ Harry Moore Oval
Terrigal Matcham vs Warnervale @ Duffys Rd
The Entrance vs Wyong @ Jubilee Park
Southern Spirit has the bye
Round 15 has thrown up a number of matches which is crucial to sides as they chase a finals berth.
The Match of the Round is at Gavenlock Oval where ladders leaders Lisarow Ourimbah take on fourth placed Narara Wyoming.
Lisarow Ourimbah were travelling smoothly until suffering their first loss of the season to Northern Power in the last two day match, albeit they hit back strongly last week in the T20 match with Ryan Fenning and Blake Crutcher starring. They will be missing representative quick, Scott Burkinshaw for the first day of the match, but they have the fire power to cover his absence. Narara Wyoming will enter the match with plenty of optimism knowing that they pushed the magpies in the recent one-day game and they seem to play the unpredictable wicket at Gavenlock Oval better than most. Kyle Jordan has had an excellent season leading the attack for the Lions and skipper James Smith was also in the wickets last week. If they can put together a reasonable total with the bat a victory is not out of their reach.
Another big match is at Harry Moore Oval as fifth placed Northern Power host second placed Kincumber Avoca.
Northern Power will see this as an opportunity to stake a claim for a position in the top four and after defeating leaders Lisarow Ourimbah in the last two day game will be keen to claim another big scalp. They will be missing inspirational skipper, Chris Archer for week one due to NSW Country duties which will be a blow however the experienced Dave Molan and newcomer Mitchell Howarde have been impressive in recent weeks and will lead the attack which is also expected to be missing the injured Brendon Charlton. Ben Gillies has been in good form with the bat and along with the Abel brothers will be relied upon to put together a competitive total.
Kincumber Avoca on the other hand have been consistent all season and will again be hard to beat. They have the form player in the competition in Dylan Robertson who has been in sparkling touch with both bat and ball and the return of Rob Lavery has given their attack a bit more punch in the absence of Ethan Short. Skipper Dan Heuston has been leading from the front whilst Jack McRae has been solid at the top of the order alongside Harry Woodhead.
The match between Terrigal Matcham and Warnervale at Duffys Rd is pivotal to both teams chances of making the finals.
The Bellbirds will enter the match on the back of two confidence boosting T20 wins last week whilst it will the complete contrast for Warnervale who suffered two demoralising defeats and also have to deal with the loss of there best player in Simon Keen. The Wildcats skipper Scott Atkinson will be looking to his experienced players in Tony Cornwell, Mitch McNeilly and Brett Russell to turn their fortunes around and make a push for a second consecutive finals appearance. For Terrigal Matcham, Josh Bridge has been outstanding with the ball having taken 16 wickets in his past three matches whilst Reece Bombas has also started to show some consistent form with the bat and when these two fire the chances of a Bellbirds victory increases.
In the final game it is getting to the must win stage for defending premiers Wyong, who see themselves sitting in 8th position on the ladders. The task that awaits them is not easy, The Entrance at Jubilee Park.
New Wyong skipper, Mark Leard will no doubt refer his players to the last two day match when they scored in excess of 300 runs on the way to defeating Warnervale. Hayden Murphy and Kaleb Daley were stars that day and if they can repeat that performance they will be hard to beat. The Entrance will be looking to douse this flame however as they push for a top two berth on the ladder. Callum Dunkerley and Adam Taylor have become a solid partnership at the top of the order and have set good platforms for the likes of Marc Mariner and Lochie Gale. Expect plenty of runs at an excellent Jubilee Park wicket.
Southern Spirit have the bye.