The Central Coast is the 2018/19 EG Weblin Shield Champion team, after defeating Camden by 21 runs in the grand final at Frank Gray Oval, on December 9.
On the back of a five wicket haul from Warnervale’s, Karan Katli, and a fine all-round performance from skipper, Lachlan Rainger, Central Coast were able to claim the prestigious DCA Under 15 title.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Central Coast had lost their first four wickets with just 35 runs on the board.
Alex Bell, 30, and, Katli 23, were able to resurrect the innings.
However, when they were both dismissed within 10 runs of each other, the innings was teetering at 7/92.
Rainger and, Daniel Rosine, dug in to ensure that Central Coast batted out their overs and finished with 142 runs.
Rosine finished on 21 not out, whilst Rainger was dismissed for 17.
With just 142 runs to defend, the Central Coast bowlers and fielders approached their task with gusto.
However, with Camden’s score at 2/60, the game was in the balance.
Enter Katli, who in the space of 10 overs, turned the game with his off-spinners, taking 5/19 off 10 overs, as Camden lost their last 8 wickets for 61 runs, to be dismissed for 121 runs.
Rainger proved an excellent support, taking 3/27 off his 10 overs, whilst, Nick Toohey, and, Austin Haba, picked up the remaining wickets.
“All the players should be proud of their achievements, whilst congratulations must also go to the coach, John Rainger, who moulded a group of talented, but underachieving individuals into a team which finished the DCA season with 7 wins from 8 matches,” said Cricket NSW Central Coast Conference Administrator, Garry Burkinshaw.
Media release, Dec 9
Garry Burkinshaw, Cricket NSW