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Results from the semi finals of the CCCA T20 & under 21’s competition which were played yesterday.

T20 Semi Final

The Entrance 9/101 (Jason Blackwood 50, Jeremey O’Connell 3/21) def Northern Power 6/95 by 6 runs @ Erina Oval

Warnervale 2/113 (Simon Keen 71no. Kaine Harmsworth 35) def Kincumber Avoca 8/112 (Dan Heuston 52, Simon Keen 3/16) by 8 wickets @ Adcock Park

Under 21’s Semi Final

Wyong 5/80 def The Entrance 8/79 by 5 wickets @ Erina Oval

Kincumber-Avoca 8/75 (Andrew MacDougall 3/11) def Brisbane Water 66 (Jack Heuston 4/4) by 11 runs @ Adcock Park

Review

Short format heavyweights The Entrance and Warnervale will meet in the final of the CCCA T20 competition after contrasting wins in today’s semi-finals.

At Adcock Park, Warnervale asserted their authority from the first over of the match when Simon Keen to took two Kincumber Avoca wickets, on their way to winning by 8 wickets.

Following the early setback which saw them at 3/4 Kincumber-Avoca struggled to reach 8/112 off their 20 overs, with Dan Heuston a standout with 52, Keen finished with figures of 3/16 off his four overs to be the pick of the bowlers.

Chasing 113 for victory it was Keen who again set the standard taking 15 runs off the first over before finishing with 71 not out off 42 balls, which included 6 fours and 5 sixes.

Kaine Harmsworth provided solid support scoring 35 as the Wildcats reached the target in the 14th over for the loss of just two wickets, both of which were taken by Ethan Short.

The other semi-final at Erina Oval was a thrilling affair with The Entrance prevailing in a nail biter by six runs.

Batting first, The Entrance skipper, Jason Blackwood continue his excellent T20 form putting together a well compiled half century as his team mates fell around him. Ash Hardy 13 and Callum Dunkerley 12 were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as the reigning premiers were reduced to 9/101 off their 20 overs. Jeremy O’Connell was the pick of the bowlers with 3/21, whilst skipper Chris Archer took 2/12 off four overs.

In reply, Northern Power got off to the ideal start with Brett Lenton and O’Connell putting on 40 runs of six overs for the opening wicket before O’Connell fell to an injudicious shot, after hitting 3 fours in a six in his innings of 25, having survived a missed stumping second ball.

Despite needing less than 5 runs per over, Northern Power batsmen continued to show poor shot selection and the loss of key wickets, and tight bowling saw the run rate begin to rise and in the end in proved too much for the Power with The Entrance winning by six runs. What they would have done for someone to play an innings like Blackwood did for The Entrance.

Lenton was solid scoring 21, whilst Mark Daniel finished 15 not out at the end. Kris Capeski was the most successful bowler with two wickets whilst Adam Taylor was very important through the middle of the innings conceding just 9 runs off his four overs and picking up the wicket of Zac Abel.

The Entrance and Warnervale now meet in a mouth watering final on February 24 at Baker Park.

The Under 21’s Grand Final, Kincumber-Avoca will play Wyong after they recorded wins over The Entrance and Brisbane Water respectively in yesterday’s semi-final.