Day 1 of Round 12 saw two sides already claiming first innings points while the other two games hang in the balance.
At Gavenlock Oval, Wyong won the toss and elected to bat against Narara Wyoming and things were going steady for the Roos moving their score along to 2-47 early on in the day. From then on though, Narara Wyoming got right on top, taking 8-25, bowling Wyong out for 72. Only two batsmen scored in double figures with Andy Ryan, four wickets, Kyle Jordan, two, and Keiran Lawson, two, doing the damage. The Lions run chase couldn’t have been better, passing Wyong’s score none down and finished the days play 7-160, a lead of 88. Stalwart Mark McLachlan scored a classy 56 while Andy Ryan continued his form with the ball, being unbeaten on 46 at the close of play.
Another top four side, Kincumber Avoca, also got important first innings points on day 1 against Southern Spirit. The Spirit chose to bat first and were in trouble straight away losing two wickets in the second over of the game. Southern Spirit kept fighting with the bat but the Griffins bowlers were just to good bowling the Spirit out for 93. Dylan Robertson took another five wicket haul whilst veteran Scott Jarvis did the early damage with three wickets in his first appearance in 1st Grade this season. Kincumber were looking at getting a first innings lead and was helped with Harry Woodhead and John McRae both passing fifty. Woodhead finished on 54 while McRae 58. Robertson, whose record against Southern Spirit is phenomenal, batted to the end of the day finishing 56* along with Daniel Heuston 12* with the score on 5-216, a lead of 123.At Harry Moore Oval, top of the table Lisarow Ourimbah will need all of their batting depth next week after losing three wickets late on day 1. Northern Power batted first on a surprising quick Harry Moore deck and were made to work by the Magpies bowlers. Zac Abel played a lovely knock of 48 and despite no other player getting above 16, the Power batted time and were bowled out for 143. Skipper Scott Burkinshaw was the pick of the bowlers loving the quicker deck finishing with four wickets, with Blair Lindsay toiling away for three wickets and Matt Sunshine two. With 12 overs to bat, the Power would be ecstatic how they went, dismissing Chris Sheppeard, Blake Crutcher and form player of the comp Blair Lindsay before the end of the playing with the score 3-21. Newcomer, Mitchell Howarde made a great start to his Northern Power 1sy Grade debut taking two of the wickets to fall.
In the final game of the round, The Entrance fought back hard with the bat to put an imposing 223 runs on the board. Sitting at 7-143, the Seagulls tail wagged with Jason Blackwood and Kobe Allison putting on 57 for the eighth wicket and the last wicket putting on a further 22 to lift the total to something very defendable. Callum Dunkerley was strong at the top of the order scoring 48 with Marc Mariner also chipping in with 26. Daniel Hill was the pick of the bowlers taking four wickets with Joey Liddle and Mitch McNeilly also chipping in with two. The Seagulls would be delighted with how they bowled with Allison grabbing two wickets before the close of play to leave the Wildcats 2-16 with Scott Atkinson and Joey Liddle to resume next Saturday.
Terrigal Matcham had the bye.