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The 2019/20 Central Coast Cricket (CCCA) season will commence this Saturday with both 1st & 2nd Grade playing a T20 double header. All other grades, women’s and juniors will commence next Saturday.

The fixture for Saturday is as follows:

Round 1

 

5 Oct 19 10:00AM

Wyong

  v  

Lisarow

Baker Park

         

5 Oct 19 10:00AM

Kincumber

  v  

Narara

Erina Oval

         

5 Oct 19 10:00AM

Northern Power

  v  

BYE

           

5 Oct 19 10:00AM

Warnervale

  v  

Southern Spirit

Woongarrah Sports Complex (Woongarrah oval)

         

5 Oct 19 10:00AM

The Entrance

  v  

Terrigal

Jubilee Park

         

Round 2

 

5 Oct 19 2:45PM

Northern Power

  v  

Wyong

Harry Moore Oval (Oval No. 1)

         

5 Oct 19 2:45PM

Narara

  v  

Southern Spirit

Gavenlock Oval

         

5 Oct 19 2:45PM

Lisarow

  v  

Terrigal

Bill Sohier Park (Sohier Park No. 1)

         

5 Oct 19 2:45PM

Kincumber

  v  

The Entrance

Erina Oval

         

5 Oct 19 2:45PM

Warnervale

  v  

BYE

           

With Brisbane Water withdrawing from the 1st Grade competition, nine clubs will do battle for the Jack Gavenlock Shield with Wyong the defending premiers.

Let’s review the team’s chances for the upcoming season:

Brisbane Water

Have lost a significant amount of players in the off-season and as such have withdrawn from the 1st Grade competition. They will look to rebuild with a young second grade side led by Alex Searle.

Kincumber Avoca

The Griffins will be boosted by the return from Newcastle of former player of the year, Dylan Robertson. Robertson will make a difference with bat and ball and his inclusion makes Kincumber Avoca a strong chance of returning to finals action. They possess two exciting young quick bowlers Jack Heuston and Ethan Short whilst skipper Dan Heuston is coming off a strong 2018/19 season. Chris Clements return to the top of order will also certainly be a bonus.

Lisarow Ourimbah

Have gone on a strong recruiting campaign in the off-season acquiring Ben Cohen, Matt Sunshine and Ben Sunshine from Brisbane Water, Ryan Fenning has returned from Newcastle whilst Chris Sheppeard and Matt Jones are returning to the club after a number of years away. With NSW Country Representatives Blair Lindsay and Scott Burkinshaw also in the ranks the Magpies will certainly be one of the favourites for this year’s title.

Narara Wyoming

The Lions will be without inspirational skipper in Peter Gallichan who has moved to the North Coast with talented spinner James Smith taking over the reins. Despite rumours of retirement, veteran Andy Ryan will once again be pulling on the whites and his presence will inspire the side. Narara have a solid bowling attack led by Mark McLachlan, Kieran Lawson, Kyle Jordan, Smith and Ryan however their ability to score runs will be a deciding factor in the Lions success this year. Peter Cross and McLachlan will have a big role to play in this regards.

Northern Power

Runners up for the past two years, Northern Power will be looking to go one better in 2019/20. The return of fast bowler Brendan Charlton will be a major boost whilst Michael Bell has also returned after a year off. Chris Archer, Dave Molan and Nick Babcock will once again lead a strong bowling attack however it is their “Jekyll and Hyde” batting line up that is the concern. Brett Lenton, James O’Connell, Ben Gillies and the Abel brothers are all capable of scoring runs on their day however it’s the consistency that has been lacking in recent years.

Southern Spirit

After a rebuilding year last year Southern Spirit have prepared well for the coming season. The club had a good trial win over Newcastle club Waratah Mayfield which has a good feeling within the group. Skipper Daniel Friend has been a standout in recent years with both bat and ball and will again be expected to lead the way. Laurence Legge had a good year with the bat last year. With ball Harry Jaencke showed plenty of promise towards the end of last year whilst Jordan O’Donnell is also capable of taking plenty of wickets. Lachlan Cork’s return from Sydney will also be a bonus for the club.

Terrigal Matcham

The Bellbirds will be looking to improve on last season’s performance and will once again be looking to their strong bowling attack to lead the way. Josh Bridge and the Brien brothers, Jaime and Harry, have been big wicket takers in recent years whilst young talent Nick Toohey may get his opportunities during the year. Batting could again be Terrigal’s achilles heel especially given the absence of Tim Bowing, Kyle James and Lloyd Radcliffe. This will place extra pressure on Ryan James however on his day James is capable of winning games of his own bat and the Bellbirds will be hoping that this occurs often this season.

The Entrance

The most consistent side over all formats over the past couple of years, The Entrance will enter the 2019/20 season as one of the competition favourites and rightly so. The Gulls have strength across all areas and despite the loss of young gun Broc Hardy to Sydney and Ben Day , retirement they are still well placed. The return from injury of skipper Lachlan Gale plus the acquisition of Jason Pereira strengthens a batting line up which already included the likes of Alan Davidson Medal winner, Adam Taylor, Jason Blackwood and Nick Hey. The bowling attack will be lead by 2018/19 leading wicket taker Mitch Starkey with support from Kobe Allison, Kris Capeski and Taylor. Not too many chinks in their armour.

Warnervale

2018/19 was a breakthrough year for the Wildcats, claiming their first CCCA title (T20 competition) and performing well in the other formats as well. It is hard not to expect this to continue in 2019/20 especially when the side includes the 2018/19 1st Grade player of the Year, Simon Keen. Keen is a match winner whether it be with bat or ball. His support will come from the likes of Tony Cornwell and Brett Russell with the bat whilst Mitch McNeilly is a big game player and Joey Liddle shows plenty of promise as an off spinner.

Wyong

The defending premiers enter the 2019/20 season full of promise and are expected to be a strong chance of defending their title. Skipper, Hayden Murphy will again lead from the front with both bat and ball. Kaleb Daley had a break out year last year and is expected to improve again whilst the club is also believed to have obtained a couple for batsmen from outside the area. On the downside though the club will need to overcome the loss of their spinning duo in Harrison Townsend and Andrew Dufty, both of whom will not be returning this year. Wyong are very workman like in their performance which ensures solid performances most weeks

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