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The South have claimed bragging rights of their North counterparts after claiming the inaugural CCCA North vs South T20 Challenge Trophy which was played at Adcock Park yesterday.

It was a comprehensive victory for the South winning both the men’s and women’s matches comfortably.

Results: Women’s

South 7/125 (Alisha Bates 28; Ella Merritt 25; Ebony Wright 21; Jacinta Crawford 4/23; def North 77 (Jacinta Crawford 18; Crystal Osborn 12)

Results: Men’s

South 4/108 (Dylan Robertson 30; Ben Cohen 22; Chris Sheppeard 22; Blair Lindsay 20no; Kobe Allison 2/10) def North 104 (Ben Gillies 28; Kaleb Daley 21; Matt Jones 2/3; Matt Sunshine 2/18; Blair Lindsay 2/23)

In the Women’s match, batting first the North struggled against tight bowling from the South side and despite Shannon Liddle and Crystal Osborne putting on 18 for the first wicket were never really able to get any momentum through their innings. A late flurry from Jacinta Crawford, 18 enabled the North to finish their 20 overs with 77 runs on the board.

All South bowlers bowled well with seven of the nine bowlers used picking up a wicket.

In reply, South got off to the perfect start and aided by some dropped catches Alisha Bates, 28 & Ella Merritt 25 were able to put on 51 for the first wicket. Merritt in particular was very impressive finding the boundary on four occasions.

From this point on the South side were able to coast to victory with Sophie Shelley 16 and Ebony Wright 21 also making valuable contributions.

Crawford was the pick of the North bowlers taking 4/23 off her four overs.

The highly anticipated men’s match failed to live up to expectations with the South side recording a comfortable six wicket win.

Batting first the North side were on the back foot immediately when Tony Cornwell was run out by a direct hit from Ryan Fenning off the third ball of the innings.

Things did not improve from there with 5 North batsmen back in the shed before the end of the sixth over as first Matt Sunshine and then Blair Lindsay did the damage.

Ben Gillies (28) and Kaleb Daley (21) were able to steady the ship putting on a partnership of 54 runs however their departure saw the innings finish quickly with the side bowled out for 104 runs in the 18th over.

Sunshine, Lindsay and Matt Jones were the most successful bowlers taking two wickets apiece.

South’s opening batsmen Chris Sheppeard and Ben Cohen made their intentions known immediately picking up early boundaries before Sheppeard was dismissed for 22 in just the third over.

Cohen, last years Plan B Regional Bash Player of the Final, hit two sixes in his innings of 22, whilst Dylan Robertson was equally as impressive with the bat finishing with a well compiled 30. Lindsay made a late unbeaten cameo of 20, which included three fours and a six as the South side got home with six overs to spare.

Overall it was a great day with a good crowd in attendance. The event is certain to become a regular on the Central Coast Cricket calendar.