CCCA First grade competition went into the Christmas break with two teams getting outright points while another team showed how good they can be.
At Harry Moore Oval, Lisarow Ourimbah’s unbeaten run has come to an end with a comprehensive loss at the hands of Northern Power. The win also saw Northern Power claim the Alan Davidson Challenge Cup which Lisarow Ourimbah had held since Round 2. Starting the day at 3-21, the Magpies had no answers to the Powers quicks with Dave Molan, 5-33, and Mitchell Howarde, 3-16, causing havoc taking 8 wickets between them, bowling Lisarow Ourimbah out for 62. With a lead of 81, the Power asked the Magpies to follow on and this time the Magpies has a much better batting performance with Chris Sheppeard, 67, and Ryan Fenning, 61, both getting some time at the crease, gaining the Magpies 1 bonus point. With the max bonus points being received for batting, the Magpies declared at 6-186 with 14 overs remaining in the day. Scott Burkinshaw bowled a fiery spell taking 4 wickets, including a hat trick to pick his side up another .5 of a bonus point as Northern Power finished 3-34. Northern Power finished with 7.5 points while Lisarow Ourimbah take away 2.5 points.
The Entrance took first innings points as they defeated Warnervale by 117 runs. Resuming at 2-16, the Wildcats never got going, falling to 7-48 before Daniel Hill, 33, and Chris Harper, 28, putting on 56. Warnervale were finally dismissed for 106 with Kobe Allison the chief destroyer taking 5-21. Warnervale were requested to follow on and learnt from their mistakes finishing 5-158. Tony Cornwell made a polished 54 while Brett Russell continued his form with 46, with the Wildcats gaining 2 points while The Entrance walked away with 7.5.
Narara Wyoming claimed maximum points at Gavenlock Oval with an outright win over Wyong. Starting the day at 7-160, the Lions lost Andy Ryan early for 56 before Kyle Jordan, 25 off 15, and James Smith, 24, moved the score along to 8-214 before the declaration was made. Jordan kept his momentum going taking three early wickets to put the Lions on top. Wyong dug in however with Chris Becker, 45 off 132 balls providing a strong backbone for the innings and the Roos looked like they would hold off the outright. But the introduction of young spinner Tom Owen changed the game taking 4-8 off 10 overs with the last wicket being taken with only 3 overs left in the day. Narara Wyoming claimed all 10 points on off and put them securely in the top four.
In the final game of the round, Kincumber Avoca got themselves a nice Christmas present claiming 10 points against Southern Spirit. Resuming at 5-216, Dylan Robertson and Dan Heuston looked for quick runs and did so with success with Robertson passing 100, finishing 112* and Heuston 47* and declaring with the score at 309. The Spirit had an improved batting display getting to 120 before being bowled out with Laurence Legge the best performed with 35. Bryce Birks was the main wicket taker, claiming 4 wickets while Robertson rounded off a perfect game with 3 wickets to take his match tally to 8.
Terrigal Matcham had the bye.
Lisarow Ourimbah 78.3; Kincumber Avoca 67.0%, The Entrance 64.0%, Narara Wyoming 59.8%, Northern Power 49.0%, Warnervale 39.3%, Wyong 36.2%, Terrigal Matcham 34.9%, Southern Spirit 17.0%