Round 17 is finished and the top four is still wide open with 4 sides fighting out for two spots next round for a place in the finals.
At Sohier Park, an impressive batting display by Lisarow Ourimbah helped the secure the win against The Entrance. Winning the toss and batting, the loss of an early wicket didn’t halt the Magpies as they went about building a strong total. Standouts with the bat for the Magpies were their big three with Ben Sunshine making a quickfire 58, first grade leading run scorer Ben Cohen passed 500 runs for the year on his way to 53, while NSW Imparja Cup batsman Ryan Fenning fell just short of a half century, being dismissed for 49. Fiery quick Kobe Allison was the pick of the bowlers taking five wickets while Mitch Starkey claimed two. The Gullies chase didn’t start well losing star bat Adam Taylor in the 2nd over and struggle to build a big enough partnership early on. Callum Dunkerley was impressive scoring 52 before being dismissed just after drinks. The Entrance never gave up hope and a 66-run partnership between Jason Blackwood, 40, and Kobe Allison, 24, gave them a fighting chance but when they fell in consecutive overs it was all over. Ben Sunshine continued his great game with 3 wickets while 14-year-old Daniel Thompson impressed in his debut taking two wickets. The win sees the minor premiership go to Lisarow Ourimbah while The Entrance play Kincumber Avoca next week in a game where if they lose, may be out of the finals.
Kincumber Avoca also locked in second spot with a comprehensive 5 wicket win against Warnervale. Batting first, the Wildcats were travelling well moving the score to 2-50 before Tony Cornwell was dismissed for 31 and then losing their last 8 wickets for 49. Skipper Dan Heuston was the leading wicket taker claiming three with Rob Lavery and Jack Heuston also taking two each. With a chance for bonus points on offer, Kincumber Avoca had great start with Harry Woodhead, who’s been in fine form since forming new friendships off field, making 44 at better than a run a ball and holding the innings together. The Wildcats thought hard and took five wickets but there just wasn’t enough runs on the board to defend. Brett Russell took two wickets while Daniel Hill, Mitch McNeilly and Daniel Watson also claimed a wicket. Kincumber Avoca now have secured 2nd spot and the all-important double chance while Warnervale has come to an end when they have a bye next round.
Northern Power improved their chances of making finals with a bonus point victory at Harry Moore Oval against Southern Spirit. It was a dominant bowling performance from the Power who were up and about from the first ball dismissing the Spirit for 53. Lachlan Cork showed some fight facing 60 balls for 19 runs but didn’t have much support elsewhere. Brendan Charlton bowled with pace and took four wickets while Dane Lawther also claimed three. The Power were clinical in their run chase only losing the one wicket with Dave Molan, 17*, and Ben Gillies, 17*, guiding them home within 14 overs. Young bowler Harrison Jaenke charged in and was the sole wicket taker for Southern Spirit. The Power now sit 5th with a win next week against Wyong and a loss from the Seagulls most likely putting them in finals while the Spirit will play their last game at home against Narara Wyoming.
Narara Wyoming and Terrigal Matcham was washed out after rain flooded the ground at the beginning of the week while Wyong had the bye.