Warnervale has captured their initial first grade silverware when they claimed the CCCA T20 title at Baker Park yesterday.
In a pulsating game, which was finished in light rain the Wildcats prevailed over defending champions, The Entrance by six wickets.
Warnervale allrounder Mitch McNeilly was awarded the Jay Lenton Medal as Player of the Match.
Early morning showers which brought an end to the Under 21’s decider saw the match reduced to 18 overs a side and it was The Entrance who batted first after being sent in to bat by Warnervale.
The Gulls were immediately on the back foot when NSW Country star Adam Taylor was run out by McNeilly in the first over. Broc Hardy, Ben Day and Ash Hardy quickly followed which left them at 4/31. Skipper Jason Blackwood was fighting a lone hand however when he was dismissed for 29, his side were in trouble. A defiant innings of 22 from Nick Hay enabled The Entrance post a modest score 79, however importantly they only batted for 16 of their allotted 18 overs.
Daniel Hill was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/12, however there were also three run outs.
Chasing 80 runs for victory, Warnervale got off to a good start with skipper Simon Keen and Tony Cornwall putting on 27 runs for the first wicket in quick time, however when Keen was dismissed for 15 the game changed. Kaine Harmsworth came and went without scoring and with Kris Capeski bowling tightly 1/6 of 3 overs the runs had dried up and The Entrance were suddenly back on top.
A big over from Cornwall, which included two sixers lifted Warnervale’s run rate and with the rain starting to fall, supporters were reaching for their calculators in the event of the players having to leave the field.
With the score on 51, another twist occurred, when Cornwall, who was the key for Warnervale, was unfortunately run out at the bowlers end when the ball richoted off Capeski’s foot onto the stumps for 27 and then next ball Tim Diehm was run out by a direct hit by Broc Hardy.
The game was well and truly in the balance with rain falling run rate about even, when McNeilly joined Brett Russell at the crease.
McNeilly decided to take actions into his own hands and with some judicious hitting, including a six and two fours, he was able to get Warnervale over the line with 20 balls to spare much to the delight of their many supporters at the ground to witness this historic occasion for the club.
McNeilly finished with 23 not out off 13 balls whilst Russell remained 10 not out.
In the Glenn Rowlands Shield Under 21’s final, Kincumber Avoca defeated Wyong by 12 runs on run rate after rain caused the match to be abandoned.
Being sent into bat in difficult conditions, Kincumber Avoca were able to graft out a total of 8/57 off their allotted 14 overs.
Michael Williams 15, skipper Dan Heuston 11 and Michael Drake 10 were the best of the Griffens bats whilst NSW Country Women’s representative Tiegan Kavanagh was the best of the Wyong bowlers with 3/18.
With a modest total to defend Kincumber Avoca struck early with quicks Jack Heuston and Dan Heuston making the most of the favourable bowling conditions to have Wyong 4/16 off 7 overs. Michael Leard 11 and Harrison Townsend 8 not out tried hard to steady the ship however when rain forced the players from the field, not to return at the end of the 11th over Wyong were 6/32, 12 runs behind the total they needed to be.
Jack Heuston was the pick of the bowlers taking 1/0 off 2 overs whilst Dan Heuston rounded out a good match with figures of 2/6 off 2 overs to claim the Aaron O’Brien Medal as Player of the Match.
No play was possible on Day 1 of Round 18 on Saturday due to the wet weather and the final day of the season will be a one day match on Saturday.
Next Sunday will also see the CCCA 1st Grade One Day Final take place between The Entrance and Terrigal Matcham at Jubilee Park.
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