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The Central Coast Rush defence of their Plan B Regional Bash title ended yesterday with two narrow losses to Newcastle Blasters and Lake Macquarie.

Round 2

Newcastle Blasters 5- 136 tied Central Coast Rush 5- 136 (Ryan Fenning 59no Brendan Charlton 22no)

Newcastle Blaster 0-7 bt Central Coast Rush 1-6 by Super Over

Round 3

Lake Mac Attack 8- 135 (Blair Lindsay 3- 14 Chris Archer 2- 23 Simon Keen 2- 24) bt Central Coast Rush 117 (Blair Lindsay 30 Steve McCabe 30 Harry Woodhead 20)

In the opening match of the day at Baker Park both the Rush and Blasters were unable to be separated after allotted 20 overs each and as such the match was decided by a super over which saw the Blasters score the winning runs with one ball to spare.

Batting first the Rush were solid early with the bat before an unbeaten 59 run partnership between Ryan Fenning and Brendan Charlton saw the Rush finish their 20 overs with a very respectable 5/136.

Fenning finished with 59 not out from 45 balls featuring 2 fours and 3 sixers and included not only excellent shot making but also deft touches and good running between wickets. Charlton was an excellent foil for Fenning finishing unbeaten on 22 from 17 balls.

The Rush started well with the ball with Dylan Robertson picking up the key wicket of Blasters skipper, Nathan Price in the third over however Robertson was forced to leave the field shortly thereafter with a side strain having the figures of 1/3 off 2 overs.

In Robertson’s absence, Newcastle Blasters pair Ben Balcomb (60 off 33 balls, 7 sixers) and Aaron Wivell (46 off 53 balls) upped the tempo and had the Blasters well on top requiring just a run a ball off the last six overs with 8 wickets in hand. Normally an easy scenario in T20 cricket.

The Rush were not to be done however and excellent bowling from Simon Keen, Chris Archer, Scott Burkinshaw and Adam Taylor restricted the Blasters batting and saw them need six runs to win off the last over bowled by Keen. The equation ended up with Newcastle Blasters needing two runs to win off the last ball and unfortunately for the Rush a missed run out opportunity saw the Blasters scramble through for a single to tie the game and send the game into a super over.

Ben Cohen and Adam Taylor opened the batting for the Rush and tight bowling saw the pair restricted to six runs from their one over. In reply a boundary off the third ball eased the pressure on the visitors and a single next ball saw them home in a great game of cricket.

The Rush moved to Sohier Park for the second match of the day and they took on the undefeated Lake Mac Attack knowing only a big victory would see them progress to the SCG.

Lake Mac Attack batted first and got off to an excellent start but once again excellent bowling through the middle and late overs by Blair Lindsay 3/14 off 3 overs, Chris Archer 2/23 off 4, Simon Keen 2/24 reduced them to 8/135 off their 20 overs meaning that the Central Coast Rush would need to replicate their early score of 136 to win the match.

Unfortunately for the Rush they got off to the worst possible start with Keen and Ben Cohen back in the sheds in the first over. 1st game star Ryan Fenning followed shortly thereafter and when Adam Taylor was run out for 8 the Rush were in trouble at 4/21 in the fourth over.

Steve McCabe 30 started a rescue mission however when he was dismissed with the score on 7/66 the mission had become very difficult.

Enter Blair Lindsay and Harry Woodhead, who between them combined with some big hitting to put on a 42 run partnership in quick time to give the Rush a sniff of victory. Unfortunately they were dismissed in quick succession to see the Rush bowled out for 117, 19 runs short of the required target with 11 balls still to be bowled.

Lindsay topped off a good match with 30 off 20 balls with 2 sixers whilst Woodhead scored 20 off 15 balls also with 2 sixers.

Lake Macquarie progressed through the finals at the SCG in January whilst the Central Coast Rush finished third in their pool.

The Central Cost will now turn their attention to the McDonalds NSW Country Championships which will be played on the Central Coast on the 1-3 November.

Full match scorecards can be found at: http://www.regionalbash.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=3143539

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The Central Coast Rush will be looking to return to the SCG when the pool rounds of the Plan B Regional Bash are played on Sunday.

After accounting for Hunter Hitmen last Sunday the Rush will play Newcastle blasters at Baker at 10am followed by a clash with Lake Mac Attack at Sohier Park at 2pm.

Victory in both these matches will ensure the Rush will get the opportunity to defend the title they won last season.

The Central Coast have made two changes to the side which won last week with 2018/19 1st Grade Player of the Year, Simon Keen and NSW Country opening bowler, Scott Burkinshaw returning to the side at the expense of Hayden Murphy who is unavailable and Tony Cornwell.

In other matches to complete the pool, Hunter Hitmen and Lake Mac Attack will play at Sohier Park at 10am before the Hitmen take on the Newcastle Blasters at Baker Park at 2pm.

Last week Lake Mac Attack defeated Newcastle Blasters to sit atop the Pool with Central Coast.

Full squad

Chris Archer ©

Northern Power

Scott Burkinshaw

Lisarow Ourimbah

Brendan Charlton

Northern Power

Ben Cohen

Lisarow Ourimbah

Kaleb Daley

Wyong

Ryan Fenning

Lisarow Ourimbah

Jack Heuston

Kincumber Avoca

Simon Keen

Warnervale

Blair Lindsay

Lisarow Ourimbah

Steve McCabe

Kincumber Avoca

Dylan Robertson

Kincumber Avoca

Adam Taylor

The Entrance

Harry Woodhead

Kincumber Avoca

Garry Burkinshaw

Coach

Gary Kavanagh

Manager

Bob Archer

Scorer

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The Central Coast Rush have commenced the defence of their Plan B Regional Bash title in style with a comfortable 27 run win over Hunter Hitmen at Sohier Park today.

Scores:

Central Coast 7/138 (Steve McCabe 25, Tony Cornwell 22, Adam Taylor 20) def Hunter Hitmen 9/111 (Dylan Robertson 2/9, Brendan Charlton 2/13 Adam Taylor 2/19)

The Rush side took the ascendancy the moment the Hitmen sent them into bat with Tony Cornwell and Adam Taylor using an aggressive approach at the top of the order putting on 44 runs for the first wicket before Taylor was dismissed for 20 in the 7th over.

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Cornwell followed for 22 in the next over before Ben Cohen and Steve McCabe continued the aggressive approach which saw the Central Coast have 69 runs on the board at the end of the 10th over .

Central Coast lost Cohen for 15, McCabe for 25, Dylan Robertson 12 and Ryan Fenning for 2 from overs 10-15 which saw them 6/105 with five overs to go.

A unbeaten 33 run partnership from Brendan Charlton 17 and Blair Lindsay 14, saw the Rush put a very competitive 8/138 on the board at the conclusion of their 20 overs.

The Hitmen were aggressive from the get go and had 21 runs on the Board before Robertson struck in the 3rd over.

From this point on the Central Coast spinners in Robertson, Adam Taylor, Chris Archer and Blair Lindsay applied the brakes with the Hitmen struggling to score runs except in boundaries.

Needing 92 runs to win off the last 10 overs the Hitmen batted with great commitment and finished with 9/111 off their 20 overs with opener Tom Irwin their top scorer with 48 after being dismissed in the 19th over.

Robertson was the pick of the bowlers with 2/9 off his four overs whilst Taylor 2/19 off 3, Brendan Charlton 2/13 off 2, Archer 1/16 off 3, and Kaleb Daley 1/9 off 2 also amongst the wickets.

Adam_TaylorLast year’s Player of the Tournament, Adam Taylor continued his love affair with this format being named Player of the Match for his 20 runs, 2 wickets and 2 catches.

The Central Coast will continue their quest for a second consecutive trip to the SCG next Sunday when they host Newcastle Blasters at Baker Park at 10am and Lake Mac Attack at Sohier Park at 2pm.

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The Central Coast Rush will commence the defence of their Plan B Regional Bash title when they host Hunter Hitmen in Round 1 of the 2019/20 competition at Sohier Park on Sunday at 10am.

In a highlight for cricket not only on the Central Coast but also statewide the inaugural NSW Women’s Regional Bash which will see the Central Coast Rush take on the Newcastle Blasters also at Sohier Park commencing at 2pm.

Both competitions are T20 competitions contested by sides across NSW Country and Regional centres as well as ACT. The men play three round robin pool matches whilst the women’s matches are knockouts. For the men the winner of the pool matches proceed through to the final to be played at the SCG whilst for the women if they can defeat Newcastle Blasters on Sunday they will progress through to the finals which also will be played at the SCG. Both finals days will be held in January.

The women’s team have been preparing well under coach John Rainger and have a mixture of youth and experience and also players who have come up through the junior ranks and others who have commenced or re-commenced playing following the introduction of the successful CCCA Women’s T20 competition.

Tiegan Kavanagh will captain the side and will be a key player and by virtue of playing 2nd Garde cricket for Wyong and 1st Grade Premier Women’s cricket in Sydney will not be overawed by the occasion. Sophie Shelley will be another key player with the ball whilst Jacinta Crawford was a standout with both bat and ball at the North vs South match recently.

The batting will be led by Ella Merritt whose unorthodox style is very effective having been a prolific run scorer at local level. Bec Callan and Crystal Osborn are others who score heavily locally whilst youngsters Grace Dignam has excelled at junior representative level.

The women are excited about the challenge ahead and thank the NSW Government for their support of this competition.

The men’s team will look to defend their title when they take on the Hunter Hitman.

The departure of last years captain Peter Gallichan means that Chris Archer will take over the reins of a side that will be boosted by the return from Newcastle of Brendan Charlton, Ryan Fenning and Dylan Robertson.

Last years Player of the Competition, Adam Taylor will again be a key whether it be his dynamic batting at the of the order or his left arm spin which has achieved plenty of success over the years.

Ben Cohen, Player of last years final,  will be another expected to lead the way with the bat along with Steve McCabe who scored a majestic 77 in last season semi-final at the SCG.

The Hunter Hitmen are a solid side and the Rush will need to be at their best to beat them.

Hopefully a big crowd will be in attendance to sport both the men and women.

Men

Chris Archer ©

Northern Power

Brendan Charlton

Northern Power

Ben Cohen

Lisarow Ourimbah

Tony Cornwell

Warnervale

Kaleb Daley

Wyong

Ryan Fenning

Lisarow Ourimbah

Jack Heuston

Kincumber Avoca

Blair Lindsay

Lisarow Ourimbah

Steve McCabe

Kincumber Avoca

Hayden Murphy

Wyong

Dylan Robertson

Kincumber Avoca

Adam Taylor

The Entrance

Harry Woodhead

Kincumber Avoca

Garry Burkinshaw

Coach

Bob Archer

Team Manager

Women (two to be omitted)

Tiegan Kavanagh ©

Wyong

Rebecca Callan

Northern Power

Jacquelyn Chandler

Warnervale

Jacinta Crawford

Warnervale

Rochelle Davis

Wyong

Grace Dignam

Terrigal Matcham

Jess Holmes

Warnervale

Shannon Liddle

Wyong

Laura Mercer

Kincumber Avoca

Ella Merritt

Terrigal Matcham

Sally Oman

Southern Spirit

Crystal Osborne

Northern Power

Dehann Richardson

Terrigal Matcham

Sophie Shelley

Brisbane Water

Ebony Wright

Southern Spirit

John Rainger

Coach

Veronica Brown

Manager

Sharon Anderson

Manager

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