Day 1 of Round 16 finished with drama with teams losing wickets late and another making next week’s chase a bit easier.
At Jubilee Oval, Narara Wyoming have put themselves in an excellent position to remain in the top four and claim first innings points with a fantastic bowling performance. After winning the toss and batting, the Lions made steady in roads all day in making a defendable total. Ethan Lulham was the key scoring 42 and late contributions from Kyle Jordan, 23, and James Grahamme, 18, pushed the score to 160 before being bowled out. Reigning Alan Davidson Medallist Adam Taylor was fantastic taking 7-52 with Jason Pereira also claiming two wickets. The Seagulls didn’t get off to a great start losing Taylor first ball and keeper Callum Dunkerley next over without a score. At the end of play, The Entrance scraped to 5-27 with Jordan and youngster Tom Owen taking two wickets apiece to give the Lions the advantage heading into next week.
Warnervale fought back hard late on Day 1 to leave their game against Lisarow Ourimbah in the balance. Batting first, the Magpies rebuilt after losing two early wickets with five players making 30 or more to finish at 271. Blair Lindsay was a rock at the top of the order with a well compiled 75 while Ben Sunshine was in an aggressive state of mind hitting 60 from only 46 balls. The Wildcats never gave in with Shaun Greentree coming in and grabbing three wickets late and stalling the Magpies momentum. With 16 overs to bat, Warnervale came out knowing runs this week will make the chase next Saturday a lot easier and they batted superbly, finishing 1-53 at stumps, another 64 overs to bat next week. Brett Russell was the main run getter playing a positive 35 late.
Wyong had a strong Day 1 to put them in a great position to move away from the wooden spoon. An opening partnership of 85 between Kane Wilson, 36, and English import Mitchell Robinson, 46, got the Roos innings off to a flyer but a spirited fightback from Southern Spirt saw them take 7-45 through the middle to put themselves on top. A counter attacking 38 from Kaleb Daley got Wyong’s score up to 199 and 14 overs to bowl at the opposition. Daniel Friend got the ball shaping taking 4 wickets and being well supported by Simon Mahoney and Jordan O’Donnell The Spirit struggled in the latter stages of the day losing 5-45 with Daley and fast bowler Hayden Murphy taking two important wickets each. Key bats Friend and Lachlan Cork are the not out batsman and will need to be at their best to chase down this total.
In the final match of the round, Terrigal Matcham took a wicket in the second last over of the day to put them on top leading into next week. Terrigal Matcham batted first and struggled for anyone to make a start with only two players making double figures. Reece Bombas dug his heels in and faced 195 balls for a well made 73 with Josh Bridge supporting him late scoring 20. Mitchell Howarde was steady all day picking up four wickets, whilst Brendan Charlton returning from injury took three. With 9 overs to bat, it was never going to be easy against the pace duo of Bridge and Jamie Brien, the Power lost two wickets to sit 2-9 at stumps with skipper Chris Archer and Charlton the not out batsman.
Kincumber Avoca had the bye.