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Kincumber Avoca have gone back to back winning the Everything Sports Glenn Rowlands Shield Under 21s final by 17 runs against Southern Spirit at Col Gooley Oval on Sunday.

With the wicket square still damp from earlier rain, the match would be reduced to an 18 over a side game with Southern Spirit winning an important toss in the final and decided to send the Griffins in to bat and it looked like it was going to pay off with the boys in purple taking two early poles. But the Griffins first grade pairing of skipper Daniel Heuston and Bryce Birks steadied the ship, putting on a valuable 36 runs for the third wicket. But the Spirit thought back taking 4-15, with McIntyre grabbing both wickets of Heuston and Birks, through the middle of the innings. Mitchell Drake then played a very mature innings to guide the Griffins to the end of the 18 overs finishing 17*, with Kincumber Avoca on 8-86. Southern Spirits run chase didn’t get off to a great start losing a wicket 2nd ball and then Lachlan Bull was run out later that over. The Griffins bowling and fielding was on song with Bryce Birks taking the key wicket of Zane Smith for a duck inside the powerplay and the Spirit falling to 7-40 within 10 overs. When first grader Lachlan Cork was dismissed by Dylan Booth for well made 28 and then Booth picked up his third, it was all over bar the shouting, eventually dismissed for 69 and Kincumber Avoca would be crowned Under 21s Champions. A superb all round performance from Bryce Birks with 23 runs and two wickets, saw him awarded the player of the final.

U21 Champions Aaron O`Brien Medallist - Bryce Birks


Earlier, recent rain came to fruition once again at Umina with players and officials turning to a damp scene. Excellent work from the Southern Spirit officials and ground staff got the first semi final underway between Southern Spirit and Warnervale in a 6 over affair. The Spirit batted first and were going at a run a ball before a big last over, seeing 15 runs come from it, pushing their score to 3-44 from their 36 balls. Zane Smith provided fireworks at the end and finished 17* from 12 balls while for the Wildcats, Daniel Hill was the best of the bowlers taking 1-10 from two overs. The Wildcats through everything they had at the run chase but fell 8 runs short of the total. Daniel Hill was explosive hitting 11 runs from only 6 deliveries, but the Spirit bowler just kept taking wickets, claiming seven in six overs. Liam McIntyre was the most successful bowler taking two wickets in his single over.

Unfortunately rain at the end of the first semi final, and during the thirty minute break, which saturated the wicket square which resulted in the second semi final being abandoned with minor premiers Kincumber Avoca, who went through undefeated, progressing through to the final with Terrigal Matcham the unlucky side to be knocked out.

Full scorecards: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=3408952

The match was livestreamed and can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/CentralCoastCricketAssociation/videos/2451953488399955/

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Kincumber Avoca have claimed the T20 Premiership defeating Lisarow Ourimbah by 82 runs in the final at Harry Moore Oval.

Kincumber T20 Premiers

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Griffins got off to a slow start losing two early wickets courtesy of Matt Sunshine. That however brought Dylan Robertson and Steve McCabe to the crease and with the Magpies catching letting them down, they changed the momentum of the match, putting on 81 for the third wicket before McCabe was bowled by Sunshine. Robertson continued his merry way hitting to all parts of the ground until he was dismissed for a very well made 63 from just 45 balls. The Griffins ended up finishing 5-147 from their 20 overs, Matt Sunshine being the pick of the Magpies bowlers finishing with 4-23.

The Magpies needed someone up the top too fire and unfortunately their innings never got going, slumping to 3-3 early on. The Magpies never gave in however brilliant bowling from the Griffins saw wickets tumble regularly and eventually bowled Lisarow Ourimbah out for 65. Robertson completed an all-round performance finishing with 3-10 while Dylan Booth and Luke Sullivan also picking up two wickets. Robertson was awarded the Jay Lenton Medal as Player of the Grand Final for his efforts.

Jay Lenton Medallist

Earlier in the day, Kincumber Avoca defeated Northern Power to advance to the grand final later in the day. Batting first, the Griffins batsmen worked hard on a pitch doing a little bit posting 8-123 from their 20 overs. Star bat Steve McCabe made 29 while John McCrae made 22 and Chris Swaine made a swashbuckling 27 off just 15 balls. Wickets were shard around with Mark Daniel, Dave Molan and Nick Babcock picking up two each. The Power struggled to rotate the strike in their innings, a compliment to the Griffins tight bowling, and the run rate ending up getting too far ahead of them, finally being bowled out for 79. Molan, 17, Jeremy O’Connell,16, and Michael Bell, 13, were the only batsmen to score in double figures. Dylan Robertson started the day well picking up 4-12 while Rob Lavery picked up two.

In the second Semi Final, Lisarow Ourimbah won a nail biter defeating The Entrance by just six runs. The Magpies lost wickets in clumps to disrupt their innings and were bowled out in the last over for 110. Aaron Pisani led the way with the bat with 34 while skipper Blair Lindsay made a well compiled 28. Wickets were once again shared with Mitchell Starkey, Adam Taylor and Jason Pereira all picking up two wickets. A fine opening bowling spell by Matt Sunshine and Luke Jacobs made it hard for the Seagulls top order while also adding scoreboard pressure to the required run rate. Tight bowling through the middle pushed the game into the Magpies favour and calm bowling late gave the black and white team the victory. Jason Blackwood scored 23 to be the Gulls top scorer with Ash Hardy finishing 17*. For the Magpies, Luke Jacobs, 2-12, and Mitchell McBeath, 2-16, were excellent with the ball.

Full scorecards can be viewed at: http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/match.aspx?locx=MATCH&matchID=3393745

Vision of all finals can be found on the Central Coast Cricket Association Facebook page HERE.

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