The 1st Round of the CCCA Men’s 1st Grade competition was completed on Saturday with wins to Brisbane Water, Narara Wyoming, Kincumber Avoca and Wyong.
After a two year absence from the 1st grade competition, Brisbane Water made an emphatic return with a 25 run win over Southern Spirit at Col Gooley Field. After winning the toss and batting skipper Shaun Eaton led from the front topscoring with 45. Pranish Rai held the middle order together with 34 whilst a late flourish from Dane Crocker, 22 not out saw the visitors dismissed in the final over for 142. Lachlan Cork was excellent with the ball taking 5/20 off 8 overs whilst Lachlan Bull took two early wickets to finish with 2/28. In reply Southern Spirit got off to a good start and looked comfortable at 1/35 before the introduction of Lachlan Spencer changed the course of the innings. Spencer took 3 quick wickets including the prized scalp of Daniel Friend which was followed immediately by the run out of Shane Higgins and all of a sudden the home side were struggling at 5/52. After starring with the ball, Cork was now being replied upon with the bat, however when he was dismissed for a resolute 41 the game was over and Spirit ended up being all out for 117. Spencer finished with 3/25 off 7 overs whilst Lewis Cavender did the damage at the end, including claiming the wicket of Cork, to record the figures of 3/7 off 5 overs.
In the Match of the Round, Wyong took the points over last years Premiers, The Entrance by 8 runs at Jubilee Park. In a match that ebbed and flowed all day it was Wyong who held their nerve taking the last 5 The Entrance wickets for just 10 runs. After being sent into bat, Wyong were immediately in trouble at 3/9 with Kobe Allison doing the damage. Wyong set about rebuilding the innings and it was Callum Rainger who changed the momentum of the innings with 36 runs off just 30 balls including 5 fours and a six. His dismissal triggered another mini collapse with Wyong slumping to 8/114 which soon became 9/131 when Mark Leard was dismissed for 29. What followed was a match winning performance from Adam Coy and Lachlan Rainger with the pair putting on 56 runs for the last wicket with a mixture of solid defence and enterprising stroke play. Rainger was eventually dismissed for 29 runs (26 balls, 3 x 4’s, 2 x 6’s) with just two balls to go in the innings and the Wyong total sitting at a very competitive 187. Coy finished unbeaten on 26. Allison was the best of the bowlers with 3 wickets whilst Dylan Bennett and Luke Diserens finished with two apiece. Chasing 188 for victory the premiers got off to the perfect start with veterans Ash Hardy (55) and skipper Jeff Hemming (36) putting on 85 runs for the 1st wicket before Hemming fell to young spinner Harry Townsend. From this point on regular wickets fell although the strong batting lineup always looked to have the run chase in control albeit the run rate was beginning to rise. With three overs remaining The Entrance required 20 runs to win with 5 wickets in hand, a seemingly comfortable equation although the return of representative bowler, Kaleb Daley changed the game completely. He immediately dismissed the dangerous Allison for 26 then Dylan Bennett in the same over. A tight over from Bailey King , which included the run out of Jake Holmes then left the equation at 12 runs to win with two wickets in hand. Daley proceeded to take the last two wickets to see his side home by 8 runs in a fantastic game of cricket. Daley finished with 5/33 off 7.4 overs to be the match winner with Jack Harris taking 2/33 on his return from Sydney.
The local derby between Narara Wyoming and Lisarow Ourimbah also went down to the wire with Narara Wyoming winning by two wickets at Fagans Park. After being sent into bat Lisarow Ourimbah found scoring tough after losing two early wickets. Ben Sunshine was able to up the ante last in the innings to see the score to 7/114 off their 40 overs , Sunshine finished unbeaten on 34 whilst Blair Lindsay chipped in with 21. Kieran Lawson was the pick off the bowlers with 3/22 off 8 overs. Narara Wyoming were cautious in the chase and looked in trouble at 8/105 however the experience of Andy Ryan saw the Lions home with the veteran finishing unbeaten on 43. Spinners Blair Lindsay 2/12 and Ben Doyle 2/17 on debut were very effective for the Mapgpies whilst NSW Country quick, Scott Burkinshaw bowled lively also taking 2 wickets.
Last season’s runner ups Terrigal Matcham got off to a perfect start with a comfortable 8 wicket win over Warnervale at Duffys Rd. After winning the toss and batting Warnervale were dismissed for just 97 with skipper Scott Atkinson top scoring on 18 and coach Kaine Harmsworth chipping in with 17. Last year’s leading wicket taker Josh Bridge took on where he left off last year taking 3/14 whilst former Sydney opening bowler James Kennedy finished with the identical figures in a promising sign for the Bellbirds. Terrigal Matcham had little trouble scoring the required runs inside 23 overs to claim a bonus point. Lloyd Radcliffe led the way with an unbeaten 47 with Harry Brien and Kristian Mitchell both scoring 20.
In the final game, Kincumber Avoca proved too strong for Northern Power at Harry Moore Oval winning by 7 wickets. Winning the toss and batting Northern Power, apart from a 36 run 2nd wicket partnership between Jeremy O’Connell and Josh Abel failed to gain the ascendancy eventually being dismissed for 111. O’Connell finished with 25 and Abel 19 whilst Chris Morgan, on debut for the club finished with 21. For Kincumber Avoca, Jack Heuston, debutant Liam Shearer and Steve McCabe all took two wickets. In reply, an opening partnership of 59 between Tim Allard (37) and Harry Woodhead (27) set the Griffens on the way to victory before the evergreen Shaun Robertson saw the job completed finishing unbeaten on 28.