Warnervale move to equal first position on the First Grade cricket table

Warnervale have moved to equal first position of the Central Coast Cricket Association First Grade table, following the completion of Round 13, on January 19.
Lisarow-Ourimbah, Northern Power, and Narara-Wyoming were also winners in Round 13.
At Erina Oval, Warnervale were able to gain an outright victory over Kincumber-Avoca after an enthralling day two of play.
Trailing by 31 runs with six wickets in hand when play resumed, the Wildcats lost only one further wicket before passing Kincumber-Avoca’s total, and then proceeded to lift the total to 215 before being dismissed.
Kane Harmsworth was the standout with the bat, with a quick fire 46, whilst, John Boyd, was run out for a dogged 25, the same total, Daniel Hill, managed at the end of the innings.
With a lead of 88 runs with 68 overs still to play, Warnervale invited Kincumber-Avoca to have a second bat, and struck immediately when Harmsworth had Swaine caught at slip with just seven runs on the board.
The Griffens batsmen then dug in, with, Ryan Jewiss 25, Harry Woodhead 31, and, Nathan Auslebrook 20, showing great determination, and it looked as though they were going to thwart off an outright defeat, however, first, Lance Keen 2/30, and then, Harmsworth 3/24, were able to gain vital breakthroughs before skipper, Simon Keen 4/15, was able to make short work of the tail.
In all, Kincumber-Avoca lost their last six wickets for 28 runs, to be all out for 112, giving them a lead of just 24 runs, which Warnervale were able to score without the loss of any wickets, with 10 overs to spare.
Whilst the 10 points were important for Warnervale, what would have been more pleasing was the form with both bat and ball off Harmsworth, who on his day, is the most destructive player in Central Coast Cricket, and also, the successful return to the bowling crease of Keen.
Burly spinner, Nick Babcock, and reliable quick, Dave Molan, came to the fore as the Northern Power recorded a much needed win over Terrigal-Matcham.
The win saw Northern Power remain in striking distance of the top four, however the loss for Terrigal Matcham leaves them with plenty of work to do if they are to contest the finals.
Chasing Northern Power’s total of 229, Terrigal Matcham suffered the loss of two early wickets.
However, Dante Otto and Ryan James, rescued the innings with a 45 run partnership for the third wicket.
When, Nathan Stokes, took the valuable wicket of James, Babcock and Molan worked in tandem to take the final seven Bellbirds’ wickets for the loss of just 17 runs.
For the second week in a row, Babcock mesmerized the opposition batsmen taking 4/24 off 12 overs, whilst Molan took 4/31 off 13 overs, three of which were caught behind by, James McCrombie.
Batting a second time, Terrigal-Matcham fared only marginally better, finishing the day at 7/85, however it took resolute defence of, Gamal Strik and Josh Toohey, who survived 87 balls between them to thwart off an outright loss.
Nathan Stokes was the most successful Northern Power bowler with three wickets.
With the first innings result already decided, Wyong and The Entrance played out a sedate second day, with Wyong claiming the first innings win and remaining on top of the table.
Resuming at 4/81, Wyong were dismissed for 128, with, Kris Capeski 5/24 and Kobe Allison 3/30, doing the damage.
With 63 overs still to play, The Entrance chose to use these for batting practice, and when stumps were called, they were 3/73, with, Ben Day 29 and Ash Hardy 21, both unbeaten.

Media release, Jan 21
Garry Burkinshaw, Cricket NSW

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