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It was a big weekend of cricket on the Central Coast with 1st Grade men’s competition playing a double header:

Saturday – Rd 2

Brisbane Water caused the first upset of the year defeating last years runners-up Terrigal Matcham by 6 wickets. NSW Country bowler Eric Denhartog starred on debut taking 3/16 before captain Shaun Eaton led the run chase with 56 assisted by Pranish Rai with an unbeaten 32. Josh Toohey 40 and Jamie Brien 3/22 were the standouts for Terrigal Matcham.
Tim Allard was the first century maker for the year with his 107 leading Kincumber Avoca to a comfortable 116 run win over Southern Spirit. Lachlan Bull put a plenty of resistance for the Spirit with an unbeaten 53.
Skipper, Chris Archer 3/6, and seamers Mark Howarde 3/9 and Conor Bierne 3/27 made short of a disappointing Lisarow Ourimbah batting outfit who were dismissed for just 59 runs. The Power polished off the runs for the loss of 2 wickets to gain a bonus point. Joe Merlino and Zac Abel both finished on 27 not out.
Defending Premiers, The Entrance recorded their first win of the year defeating Warnervale by 8 wickets. 40 from opener Chris Sheppeard saw Warnervale record a competitive 9/154 however for the second week in a row veteran openers Ash Hardy 52 and Jeff Hemming 50 got the side off to a perfect start before Jake Hardy finished it off with an unbeaten 34, Mitch Starkey and Broc Hardy took 3 wickets apiece for The Entrance.
Wyong’s depth was again to the fore in their 76 run win over Narara Wyoming. Like last week Wyong were in trouble at 3/23 before captain Hayden Murphy 71, Jordan Liddle 43 and Ollie Thompson 43 ensured they put a competitive total on the board. Jack Harris then ensured Narara Wyoming wouldn’t challenge the total taking 3/11 off 8 overs. Tom Owen was the standout with the bat finishing with 46.

Sunday – Rd 3

Rain played havoc with the Round 3 matches with only two matches getting a result.

Wyong kept their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought 3 wicket win over Warnervale, who remain winless. Tony Cornwell was outstanding for Warnervale with 65 opening the batting. Kaleb Daley took 3 wickets and Kaine Harmsworth in his return to Wyong took 2. Wyong were travelling until Hunter Jackson-Sullivan took 4 quick wickets however it was not enough to prevent Wyong from winning. Ollie Thompson capped off a good weekend with 43 whilst his opening partner Michael Leard scored 38.
Lisarow Ourimbah rebounded from a disappointing loss on Saturday to record their first win of the season defeating Southern Spirit by 58 runs. Newcomers Lachie Sheddon 55 and Hayden Patrick 37 showed plenty of fight with the bat whilst NSW Country Representatives Scott Burkinshaw and Blair Lindsay each took three wickets with the ball for the victors. For Southern Spirit Shane Higgins had an excellent allround game scoring an aggressive 40 at the top of the order after taking four wickets with the ball.
Terrigal Matcham and Kincumber Avoca drew at Duffys Rd with the match evenly poised. James Kennedy scored 36 for the Bellbirds
Northern Power and Narara Wyoming was heading for an exciting finish when rain halted play. Tom Owen was outstanding for the 2nd day in a row for Narara Wyoming this time with the ball taking 4/8 off 8 overs, whilst Chris Archer also capped off a good weekend with another 3 wickets for Northern Power.
The Entrance again flexed their batting strength against Brisbane Water scoring 9/226 off their 40 overs. Jeff Hemming again was very impressive with 64, whilst Adam Taylor in his first game of the year scored 44 and Jake Hardy 30. In reply Brisbane Water were 1/75 off just 8 overs with Shaun Eaton unbeaten 0n 53 off 26 balls with 9 fours and a six.

For full scorecard go to http://www.ccca.nsw.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/RoundResults.aspx?redirect=1&

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