First Grade Round 7 Review
It was another low scoring affair in Round 7 of the First Grade competition.
At Harry Moore Oval, Northern Power ended Lisarow Ourimbah’s winning streak with a 16 run victory. Winning the toss and batting first, the Power made 137 from their 40 overs. Jeremy O’Connell top scored with 35 while Chris Archer continued his good form with the bat with 28. Ben Sunshine was the pick of the Magpies bowlers with three wickets. The Magpies recovered after losing two early wickets to be 2-55 but when Archer removed the dangerous Ryan Fenning for 21 and Josh Abel dismissed Blair Lindsay for 34 it was going to be an uphill battle. Matt Sunshine tried his best to reel in the target with 22* but it wasn’t enough with the Power grabbing the 4 points.
Kincumber Avoca picked up their first win of the season with a 5 wicket win over Southern Spirit at Col Gooley Oval. The Spirit batted first and were bowled out in the last over for 156 with Liam O’Farrell once again top scoring with 33 and Lachlan Bull making an impressive 30. Jack Heuston found some form before the rep weekend with 3 wickets. Despite a slight batting collapse towards the end of the innings, the Griffins chased down the target 5 down with 9 balls remaining with John McCrae scoring 47 and Steve McCabe making 40. Ethan Jones bowled very well taking 3 wickets for the Spirit.
The Entrance were dominant with a big win over Warnervale at Jubilee Oval. Bowling first, the Seagulls were on from ball one bowling the Wildcats for 56 with only two players making double figures. Broc Hardy was fantastic with the ball with three wickets while the other wickets were shared. The Seagulls were professional in the chase only losing the three wickets but chasing the runs in the 14th over to claim a bonus point. Ben Day remained not out with 19 with Karan Katli taking two wickets.
In the final game, Narara Wyoming won an absolute thriller, claiming a one wicket win over Wyong at Fagans Park. Wyong struggled with the stick and were bowled out for 64 with 15 being the top score. Tom Owen, Michael Shelley and Keiran Lawson all took two wickets. The Lions were made to work for the win, and it was Kered Baird, 39* from 35 balls, who was the hero hitting a six to win the game. Hayden Murphy led from the front taking 5 wickets for the Roos.
Terrigal Matcham had the bye
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Wyong, Narara Wyoming, Terrigal Matcham and The Entrance all get their first wins of the season last Saturday afternoon.
At Gol Gooley Oval, Narara Wyoming put on a dominant bowling display to win by 8 wickets against Southern Spirit. Batting first, the Spirit never got any partnerships together with only one player making double figures and extras being the top scorer, were bowled out for 44. Kyle Jordan did the damage at the top taking 4-12 off 8 overs while Keiran Lawson and Mark Wood also took three wickets each. The Lions chased down the total 2 down within 19 overs to claim a bonus point. Peter Gallichan top scored with 19 while Carl Bolte finished 14*.
Terrigal Matcham were equally impressive as they claimed a comprehensive 10 wicket win against Lisarow Ourimbah. The Magpies batted first and were dismissed for 83, losing their last 8 wickets for 33. Matt Jones showed some resistance scoring 20 however needed more support to put up a better total. Wickets were shared equally among the Bellbirds with Austin Haba the pick of the bowlers. Mitch Bowring, 33*, and Kristian Mitchell, 42*, made sure there were no hiccups in the run chase, chasing the runs down in 17 overs without losing a wicket.
Wyong got an important win defeating Northern Power by three wickets at Baker Park. The Power went into bat first and got off to a terrific start with Brett Lenton, 33, and Tim Smith, 37, moving the score to 70. The Power hit a roadblock in the middle of the innings losing 4-8, slowing down their momentum and eventually being bowled out for 145. Debutant Tiegan Kavanagh was the star with the ball taking four wickets while Bailey King also took two. The Roos got off to a slow start being 3-35 early in their innings before Callum Rainger stepped up, making 41 and setting up Wyong for victory. But when they lost three quick wickets, it was Chris Becker, 21*, and Bailey King, 14*, that guided them home. Chris Archer, Jeremy O’Connell and Dave Molan all took two wickets.
The Entrance got a big victory on Saturday defeating last years premiers Kincumber Avoca by four wickets. The Griffins batted first and were going along nicely at 2-84 before a late order collapse saw them finish their innings at 123. Steve McCabe was the best with the bat with 37 while veteran Jason Blackwood to three wickets. The Seagulls were in trouble early falling to 3-25 but it was skipper Jeff Hemming and former skipper Lochie Gale leading from the front both scoring 33 and giving their side the win. Rob Lavery and Ethan Short both claimed two wickets in the defeat.