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The Everything Sports CCCA T20 Finals Day is one of the major events on the CCCA calendar and the 2019/20 version will take place this Monday, 27 January 2020 at Harry Moore Oval.

The top four sides from this years T20 competition, which consisted of six (6) rounds have qualified for finals day, with all this years “big guns” amongst them.

The day will commence at 9am with the first of the semi-finals which will see Kincumber Avoca take on Northern Power.

Kincumber Avoca have been consistent performers with a well balanced side that relishes the short format. Dan Heuston has been excellent all season leading his side from the front and he will be looking to Dylan Robertson, Steve McCabe, Harry Woodhead and John McRae to lead the way with the bat whilst Chris Clement and Bryce Birks excel in the T20 game. With the ball Heuston will look to brother, Jack, Dylan Booth and Rob Lavery to lead the way with the games leading allrounder Robertson expected to also have a big say with the ball.

Northern Power also have a good record in T20 having reached the semi finals last year and base their game around a strong bowling unit which is led by skipper Chris Archer and David Molan. Mitch Howarde has been an excellent inclusion having joined the club just before Christmas, whilst Josh Abel and Jeremy O’Connell been surprise contributors with the ball this year. Scoring runs will be the key and Ben Gillies will be the key man in this department. Gillies is the most consistent of an inconsistent batting lineup, albeit a lineup that does not lack talent. On their day O’Connell and Zac Abel can destroy any attacks whilst Brett Lenton proved last year what he can do at the top of the order. Influential allrounder Brendon Charlton is expected to miss the match as he recovers from a work place accident, his absence will be a blow for Northern Power.

This match will be great opener for a great day.

One-Day premiers, Lisarow Ourimbah will be looking to add a second piece of silverware to their cabinet for this season when they take on fellow heavyweights, The Entrance in the second of the semi finals at 12.15pm.

Both these two sides ooze talent and plenty of destructive players who can dominate a T20 match.

Lisarow Ourimbah were the only side to progress through to the semi finals with a perfect record and they will again look to their destructive batting lineup with their openers Ben Cohen and Chris Sheppeard to lead the way. They will then be followed by a bevy of allrounders led by Matt Jones, One Day Grand Final Player of the Match, Blair Lindsay and Ben Sunshine. Key batter Ryan Fenning will be missing from the lineup due to being in Alice Springs for the Imparja Cup. With the ball the Magpies will be looking to Australian Country quick, Scott Burkinshaw and Matt Sunshine to do damage up front before the allrounders take the ball.

Whilst the Magpies have a star studded lineup, The Entrance have talent to burn as well led by Adam Taylor, Callum Dunkerley and skipper Lochie Gale whilst Marc Mariner and Nic Hay can destroy any attack and veterans Ash Hardy, Jason Blackwood and Jason Pereira are playing as if they are still in their prime. The bowling will be led by Mitch Starkey, Kobe Allison and Kris Capeski with Taylor’s left arm spin also a key factor for the Gulls.

This will be a beauty.

Following the semi-finals the two winners will progress through to the Final which will commence at 3.45pm.

Entry is free.

You can follow all the scores live during the day: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=3142278

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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.

Current Table:

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.

Full scorecards: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchid=3142260&gradeid=5298_1&locx=MATCH

 

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The Christmas break has come and gone and 1st & 2nd Grade jump straight back into cricket with the return of T20 cricket on Saturday for the final two rounds of the format.

There are six teams in contention for semi finals positions with only Lisarow Ourimbah assured of a place on T20 finals day.

Round 13

   

4 Jan 20 10:30AM

Wyong

  v  

BYE

           

4 Jan 20 10:30AM

Warnervale

  v  

Kincumber

Woongarrah Sports Complex

         

4 Jan 20 10:30AM

The Entrance

  v  

Lisarow

Jubilee Park

         

4 Jan 20 10:30AM

Terrigal

  v  

Narara

Duffy's Road

         

4 Jan 20 10:30AM

Southern Spirit

  v  

Northern Power

Col Gooley Field

         

Round 14

   

4 Jan 20 3:15PM

Wyong

  v  

Kincumber

Baker Park

         

4 Jan 20 3:15PM

Lisarow

  v  

BYE

           

4 Jan 20 3:15PM

Warnervale

  v  

Narara

Woongarrah Sports Complex

         

4 Jan 20 3:15PM

The Entrance

  v  

Northern Power

Jubilee Park

         

4 Jan 20 3:15PM

Terrigal

  v  

Southern Spirit

Duffy's Road

         

Current table:
Lisarow Ourimbah 100%, Northern Power 83.3%, The Entrance 75%, Kincumber Avoca 66.6%, Southern Spirit 50%, Wyong 50%, Terrigal Matcham 12.5%, Narara Wyoming 0%, Warnervale 0%

Here’s a preview of all sides for both their matches:

Lisarow Ourimbah – After losing last round, the Magpies will be looking to bounce back quickly and have a chance against one of the competitions best in The Entrance in the morning matchup. They will have to do it without two of their best in Scott Burkinshaw, away on rep duty, and Matt Jones, hamstring injury. With the bye in afternoon, they will be up for this morning contest.

Northern Power – The Power continued their up and down season last round, knocking off the competition leaders and return to a format where they are yet to lose this season at. Some notable outs including skipper Chris Archer, rep duty, will put pressure on some other players to step up. They are on the road for both games travelling to Southern Spirit in the morning and then heading back north to take on The Entrance.

The Entrance – The Seagulls have the toughest fixture for the weekend taking on two teams above them on the table. Taking on Lisarow Ourimbah in morning and Northern Power in the afternoon is no easy task but playing at home for both will give them an advantage. Adam Taylor and Marc Mariner are two players who will look to continue their form from the back end of 2019.

Kincumber Avoca – Whenever you think the Griffins might be a chance to slip down the table, they find another gear to win games. This week they travel north to take on Warnervale and Wyong in their two respective games looking for two wins to cement their place on finals day. Dylan Robertson is coming off a quick fire century last start and will be looking to pump those stats up again in these matches. Watch out for Harry Woodhead to clear the front leg and put a couple over the boundary rope.

Southern Spirit – After struggling in the longer formats, the Spirit will look to book a place for finals days with two good performances this week. Defeating Northern Power in the morning is crucial to leapfrog up the ladder and an away trip to Terrigal Matcham could be a mini final to make the final four. Lachlan Cork impressed for the Central Coast at the recent Colts carnival so look for him to have a big second half of the year.

Wyong – Wyong will need to win their one and only match of the weekend to be any chance to make semis. With a bye in the morning, they will be looking to take down a tired Kincumber Avoca side in the afternoons match to give them a shot. Hayden Murphy is always a danger man in this format but look out for English recruit Mitchell Robinson to fire some early fireworks.

Terrigal Matcham – With only the solitary point so far in the t20 competition, the Bellbirds will be keen to gain some extra points for the overall competition in their two matches. Home games against Narara Wyoming and Southern Spirit give them the advantage of conditions. Josh Bridge and Jamie Brien will look for early wickets in the powerplay to get the ball rolling.

Narara Wyoming – The Lions have found some form in recent weeks but a slow start to the season saw them winless in this format. Terrigal Matcham in the morning and then Warnervale in the afternoon, the Lions will look to avoid finishing last in the competition and get more points for the overall competition. The fast bowling cartel of Kyle Jordan, Andy Ryan, Mark McLachlan and Keiran Lawson will look to make life easy for their own batsmen, limiting to the opposition to low scores.

Warnervale – Last years T20 premiers, the Wildcats struggled to replicate last seasons form and will be playing for overall competition points as well on Saturday. A season ending injury to Simon Keen, thumb, will make life tough but they will look for rep player Tony Cornwell and form player Brett Russell, to post competitive scores in both their matches against Kincumber Avoca and Narara Wyoming.

The semi finals and final of the T20 competition will be played on Monday, 27 January 2020.

Live scores can be viewed at: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=3142270

All other grades resume next Saturday.

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First grade continues on Saturday with the second day of Round 11 getting underway with all games still well and truly in the balance.

Over at Erina Oval, Terrigal will be looking to secure the last eight runs needed for first innings victory but with only one wicket in hand, Kincumber will be on the hunt. After a tight LBW shout last week was turned down, Harry Brien and Daniel Cross survived to the end of play. However, the Bellbirds will be well situated with key batsmen, Lloyd Radcliffe coming in for Week 2 replacing Brien and will be slightly more confident. The Griffins will be hoping Dylan Robertson continues from his 5fer from last week to claim the last wicket whilst youngster Dylan Booth is a chance at his maiden first grade five wicket haul if he can claim the last one. Either way, both teams will be looking for more points in the second innings, looking at some of their batsmen to turn around their performance so far this match, to climb a few spots on the ladder.

Onto Gavenlock Oval in another low scoring affair, Northern Power will be looking for a big partnership early in their hunt of Narara’s 102. Sitting at 4-19 with skipper Chris Archer and Matthew Clarke, keeping wickets in hand early will be their mindset and will be looking for their long batting line-up led by batsmen Brendan Charlton and Josh Abel, to chase this total down. On the other hand, Kyle Jordan was fantastic late last week picking up three wickets and he will be keen to capture a few more with Andy Ryan, Mark McLaughlin and James Smith wanting to make life hard going for the Power batsmen.

At Baker Park, Warnervale will need to bat all day and bat well if they are to chase down Wyong’s imposing 343. At stumps, Warnervale were 0-20 off six overs with Tony Cornwell and Scott Atkinson the not out batsmen. Captain Simon Keen will want to keep his excellent form from the last month going and he and the Wildcats will be looking for someone in their top five to make a big score. A big score on the board will give Wyong’s young bowling attack a lot of confidence with last week’s century maker Kaleb Daley, Lachlan Rainger and Bailey King able to set some attacking fields and will be well supported by experienced quinella Hayden Murphy and skipper Mark Leard.

In the final match of the round, Southern Spirit will need their stars to show up for them to chase down Lisarow’s 274. Daniel Friend is one of the best bats on the coast when in form and will be key for the Spirit but he is not alone with Laurence Legge and Zane Smith proven run makers on the Coast. For the Magpies, the welcome return of Matt Jones for Week 2 is a bonus along with Scott Burkinshaw, Blair Lindsay and the Sunshine brothers, Matt and Ben, they will be looking to take 10 wickets and continue their unbeaten season.

It again looks to be another great week for First Grade cricket so get down to a game if you’re free and watch some quality local cricket.

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The CCCA 1st Grade competition moved into two day mode on Saturday with some interesting developments after Day 1.

Warnervale have a long run chase ahead of them after Kaleb Daley (photo) and Hayden Murphy helped Wyong amass 343 runs

Kaleb Daley.

Coming together with Wyong precariously placed at 4/64, Daley and Murphy put together a partnership of 190 to gain the upperhand before Murphy was dismissed just three short of a well deserved century, scored of just 89 balls. Following Murphy's dismissal, 17 year old Daley continued on to record his maiden 1st Grade century eventually being dismissed for 130 made off 141 balls and included 15 fours and four sixes. 

Warnervale's 15 year old off spinner, Karan Katli, with just a handful of first grade games under his belt bowled a marathon 28 overs to finish with an excellent haul of 7/137.

Warnervale safely negotiated six overs prior to stumps and will resume next week on 0/20.

A century to Lisarow Ourimbah's, Blair Lindsay and a hat-trick to Southern Spirit's, Simon Mahoney were the highlights of their clash at Sohier Park.

Batting first the ladder leaders were in trouble at 3/24 after Mahoney dismissed Ben Cohen, Mitch McBeath and Tyler Searle in consecutive deliveries.  Ben Sunshine joined Lindsay and the pair resurrected the innings with a partnership of 131 before Sunshine was dismissed for a well made 77. Lindsay continued on to make his first 1st Grade century for Lisarow Ourimbah eventually being dismissed for 101 (185 balls, 11 fours). Scott Burkinshaw 31 and Matt Sunshine 24 not out put on valuable runs at the end before Lisarow Ourimbah were dismissed for 274. 

Mahoney finished with 3/31 whilst Lachlan Cork also took three wickets.

Southern Spirit will resume next week at 0/8.

1st innings points are well and truly up for grabs at Gavenlock Oval where Narara Wyoming hosted Northern Power.

The Power gained the upper hand dismissing Narara Wyoming for just 102 with David Molan a standout with 5/26 off 24 overs and the spin twins Nick Babcock and Chris Archer each taking two wickets. Tom Owen and Ethan Lulham were the best of the Narara Wyoming batsmen with 22 runs apiece.

Batting at Gavenlock Oval is not easy and Narara Wyoming got themselves right back in the game by having Northern Power 4/19 at stumps with Kyle Jordan continuing his good form picking up three wickets including the valuable scalps of Ben Gillies and Zac Abel.

The final match between Kincumber Avoca and Terrigal Matcham at Erina Oval is also set for a thrilling conclusion and with a strong possibility of outright points next week.

On a wicket described as unpredictable at best, 19 wickets fell for just 193 runs which leaves the home side requiring one wicket and Terrigal Matcham 8 runs to gain 1st innings points.

Winning the toss and batting, Kincumber Avoca were on the back foot slumping to 4/24 following excellent new ball bowling by Terrigal Matcham captain, Harry Brien. Dylan Robertson stood firm for the Griffins however when he fell to Jack Swainston for 25 the score was 5/50. Solid late order batting pushed the score to 100, which is normally not enough at Erina Oval.

Brien finished 3/21 off 11.3 overs whilst Daniel Cross 3/14 off 5.3 was also excellent. 

With little amount of runs to defend early wickets are vital and Dylan Booth delivered for Kincumber Avoca dismissing Tim Bowing and Ryan James  with just 13 runs on the board. Dante Otto and Reece Bombas settled the ship for Terrigal Matcham taking the score to 52 before Booth dismissed Otto. This dismissal and the introduction of Dylan Robertson changed the course of the match as Terrigal Matcham lost seven wickets  for 17 runs including Bombas for a very patient, and important 28. Robertson had claimed five of the seven wickets to fall in this period. 

At 9/69, 1st innings points were all but in the bag for Kincumber Avoca however, after coming up big with ball, Brien and Cross then dug in with the bat and at stumps had taken their side to within 8 runs of 1st innings points with a partnership of 24. 

Robertson was again superb with his left arm spin taking 5/15 off 14 overs whilst Booth did the damage up front taking 4/25.

The Entrance have the bye.

Full scorecards can be viewed at: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?matchid=3142260&gradeid=5298_1&locx=MATCH

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