Rd 17 – Two Day Matches – Completed

Warnervale 6/241 (Daniel Hill 79, Brett Russell 50 not out, Scott Atkinson 46, Ben Orman 3/54) def Southern Spirit 235 by 4 wickets on the first innings at Woongarrah Sports Complex

Lisarow-Ourimbah 108 def vs Wyong 105 (Blair Lindsay 4/10) by 3 runs on the 1st innings at Sohier Park

Narara-Wyong 101 (Matt Sunshine 6/36, Kevin Searle 3/18) & 8/124 (Peter Gallichan 57, Peter Cross 44, Mitchell Wood 4/4, Ben Sunshine 3/21) def Brisbane Water 122 & 102 (Ben Cohen 55, Ben Sunshine 32, Mark McLachlan 4/31, Andy Ryan 4/33) outright by 2 wickets at Gavenlock Oval

Northern Power 5/184 (Jake Holmes 66, Caine Barnes 35not out) and 2/65 def Kincumber Avoca 151 & 97 (John McRae 33, Dan Heuston 31, Chris Archer 5/35) outright by 8 wickets at Harry Moore Oval

The Entrance 164 (Josh Bridge 5/46) & 3/106 (Broc Hardy 42) def Terrigal Matcham 102 & 167 (Ryan James 42, Tim Bowring 37no, Josh Toohey 31, Adam Taylor 6/49) at Jubilee Park

Overall Ladder:

The Entrance 76, Warnervale 70, Narara-Wyoming 61, Wyong 58, Northern Power 56, Brisbane Water 48, Kincumber Avoca 46, Lisarow Ourimbah 44, Terrigal Matcham 37, Southern Spirit 16


It was a fascinating finish to Round 17 of the CCCA 1st Grade competition and has set up a bumper final round with Narara-Wyoming, Wyong and and Northern Power all still in the running to join The Entrance and Warnervale in the finals.

Narara-Wyoming moved into third position on the table in a topsy turvy match against Brisbane Water at Gavenlock Oval.

Resuming the day at 7/80 in search of Brisbane Water’s first innings total of 122, Narara-Wyoming were dismissed for 101 with evergreen Kevin Searle doing the damage today finishing with 3/18 whilst Matt Sunshine picked up another wicket to give him the excellent figures of 6/36. Having lost on the 1st innings, Narara Wyoming went in search of the outright win but were immediately met with a batting barrage from Brisbane Water opening batsmen Ben Cohen, who smashed 55 runs of 27 balls, including five sixes, of which four were in succession of the bowling of Kyle Jordan. When Cohen was dismissed however the experienced pair Mark McLachlan, 4/31 and Andy Ryan 4/33 ripped through the Brisbane Water batting line-up and with only Ben Sunshine, 32 offering any further assistance they were dismissed for 102 leaving Narara-Wyoming 124 runs for the outright win.

After losing two early wickets, Peter Gallichan, 57 and Peter Cross, 44 put on a partnership of 99 runs to take their side to within 9 runs for victory, however when Cross was dismissed the match was again turned on it’s head. In an amazing turnaround triggered by Mitchell Wood, the Lions lost an amazing 6 wickets for two runs which left them needing 7 runs with two wickets in hand, which they eventually got without the loss of any further wickets, but not before some nervous moments. Wood finished with the figures of 4/4 off 4 overs whilst, Ben Sunshine took 3/21.

The outright victory saw Narara-Wyoming move into third position ahead of a final round clash with arch rivals Lisarow-Ourimbah in the final round.

Harry Moore Oval, was the scene of another unlikely outright result with Northern Power claiming maximum points to put them within touching position of fourth position.

Starting the day looking for 1st Innings points, a series of events saw the door open for an unlikely outright victory, which they achieved just prior to the close of play.

Youngster Jake Holmes showed his undoubted talent recording his highest 1st Grade score off 66 in a patient knock, which along a quick fire 35 not out from Caine Barnes saw the Power not only pass Kincumber’s Avoca’s total to give them 1st innings points but also enabled them to declare their 1st innings closed at 5/184, a lead of 33 runs with 51 overs in the day still to play.

This is where it gets interesting, as injuries to three Kincumber Avoca players before and during the day meant that the Griffens only had eight batsmen for their second innings.

Two early wickets had Kincumber-Avoca immediately on the back foot, however John McRae, 33 and Dan Heuston, 31 looked to have steadied the ship with a partnership of 52, however the loss of McRae opened up an end for Northern Power which their skipper, Chris Archer pounced on immediately with his left arm spin weaving a web, as he took 5/31 off nine overs to see Kincumber Avoca dismissed for 97, but more importantly for Northern Power off only 28 overs.

Needing 65 runs to win off 23 overs, Northern Power were able to get the outright win in the 11th over. Jeremy O’Connell and Brett Lenton each scored 24 runs.

Northern Power play Southern Spirit in the final round needing a win to give themselves a chance of playing finals for the second consecutive season.

The other game that turned the finals race on its head was at Sohier Park, where Lisarow-Ourimbah defeated Wyong by just three runs. A victory would have all but sealed a finals spot but instead Wyong now must defeat Terrigal Matcham in the final round to give themselves a chance to play finals.

Resuming at 5/64 needing 45 runs for victory, Wyong put on a number of mini partnerships, but every time they looked to be on the way to victory, Lisarow Ourimbah skipper, Blair Lindsay would pick up a wicket. In the end Lindsay’s return of 4/10 off 10 overs was match winning as he delivered the killer blow bowling Wyong No 11 batsmen, Andrew Dufty with four runs required for victory. Young tyro Harry Townsend was the not out batsmen having survived 51 balls in his 13 not out to bring the Roos within touching distance of victory.

The Entrance have one hand on their second consecutive Minor Premiership after an outright win over Terrigal Matcham at Jubilee Park.

The day started with Josh Bridge taking the final The Entrance wicket to give him a return of 5/46 and the Gulls a first innings lead of 62 runs, which ended up being very important.

The Bellbirds second innings was much better than the first and impressive performances from Ryan James 42, and Josh Toohey 31, had them well placed to avoid an outright loss at 4/130. Toohey dismissal to left arm spinner, Adam Taylor culminated in Terrigal Matcham losing their final six wickets for just 37 runs with Tim Bowring left stranded on 37 not out. Taylor was the destroyer taking 6/49 off 19 overs including five of the final six wickets to fall.

The collapse left The Entrance needing a tricky run chase of 106 off 28 overs, however young gun Broc Hardy ensured there would be no hiccups contributing 42 as The Entrance recorded the outright win for the loss of just 3 wickets, with 10 overs to spare.

The Entrance will end their home and away campaign on the road to Kincumber Avoca, with the knowledge that a first innings win will ensure them the Minor Premiership.

In the final game, Warnervale were able to navigate a tricky run chase to defeat Southern Spirit by four wickets at Col Gooley Oval.

Starting the day at 1/17 in chase of Southern Spirits total of 235, not out batsmen Scott Atkinson and Daniel Hill set the tone with an 122 run partnership before Hill was dismissed for 79. This dismissal triggered a mini collapse as Ben Orman took 3 wickets for two runs including Atkinson for a patient 46. Skipper Simon Keen 27 and Brett Russell 50 not out settled the innings, with the Wildcats recording a four wicket victory. Orman finished with the figures of 3/54 to be the oick of the bowlers.

Warnervale play Brisbane Water in the final round and are almost assured of finishing in 2nd position.

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