Lisarow Ourimbah has taken out the first piece of silverware of the 2019/20 season with a five wicket win over Warnervale in the One-Day final played at Erina Oval yesterday.
Led by Greg Smith Medallist, Blair Lindsay the Magpies were made were made to work hard for the win by a gritty Warnervale side.
Winning the toss and batting, Warnervale got of to a fantastic start as skipper Simon Keen and Tony Cornwell took to the Lisarow Ourimbah attack with Keen in particular savage on the opening bowlers Matt Sunshine and Scott Burkinshaw. It took the introduction of Matt Jones to turn the game when he had Keen caught at gully for 52 which was made off just 29 balls with four fours and four sixes. His dismissal brought an end to the opening stand of 74 in just the ninth over. Jones turned one wicket into two when he had Brett Russell caught behind in the same over for two.
When Ben Sunshine enticed Dave Mitchell to sky a ball into the safe hands of Ryan Fenning, Warnervale had lost three wickets for just 10 runs. The return of Matt Sunshine to the bowling crease had an immediate effect dismissing Tony Cornwell for a well made 36, which he followed up with the wicket of Joey Liddle caught at fine leg for 17. With the innings teetering at 5/114, Kaine Harmsworth set about rebuilding the innings with a boundary laden 34 (5 fours and a six) however his stay was ended when Lindsay induced him to a false shot and had him caught on the boundary by Burkinshaw. Lindsay then had Daniel Hill smartly stumped by Blake Crutcher for 10 before he and Jones then cleaned up the remaining wickets for just two runs to dismiss Warnervale for 167 with five and half overs still to bat. After a promising start the Wildcats would have been disappointed with the final total, however one which has been plenty to win finals in the past.
Jones was magnificent, using the pitch conditions well to finish with 4/16 off 7.3 overs whilst Lindsay took 3/22 of 8 overs with the Sunshine brothers, Matt & Ben taking two and one wickets respectively.
After enjoying a magnificent afternoon tea provided by Kincumber Avoca CC, Lisarow Ourimbah set about chasing down the 168 runs required to claim their first one-day crown.
The chase however did not start well with Simon Keen dismissing the dangerous Ben Cohen for 9 in the third over. Lindsay joined Chris Sheppeard and the pair took the score to 45 before Sheppeard was sensationally caught one handed on the boundary by Mitch McNeilly for 20. Ryan Fenning came in and was in an aggressive frame of mind finding the boundary on three occasions however Joey Liddle enticed him into a false sweep shot in his first over and had him bowled for 14. Daniel Hill then had Matt Jones well caught at the wicket by Scott Atkinson without scoring and with the score at 4/76 the game was well in the balance.
Throughout this Lindsay was standing tall and when Ben Sunshine joined his skipper the pair dug in for the second time on the weekend having put on a partnership of 131 the day before. With a mixture of smart batting and judicious hitting the pair gradually started the reel in the total and when Lindsay passed 50 the deficit was just 45. With the one-day title in their grasp Lindsay eventually fell to Karan Katli for an excellent 70 scored off 98 balls with nine boundaries.
The glory of hitting the winning runs fell to Sunshine who hit Keen for a boundary to bring up an excellent half century and give the Magpies victory with 27 balls remaining.
Keen was the pick of the bowlers looking dangerous and finishing with 1/24 off 6.3 overs.
Lindsay was named player of the match for his excellent allround performance whilst special mention also goes to Keen, Jones and Ben Sunshine.
Congratulations however go to the winners, Lisarow Ourimbah.