Short format heavyweights, The Entrance and Warnervale, will meet in the final of the Central Coast Cricket Association’s T20 competition, after contrasting wins in the semi-finals.
At Adcock Park, Warnervale asserted their authority from the first over of the match, when, Simon Keen, took two Kincumber Avoca wickets, on their way to winning by eight wickets.
Following the early setback which saw them at ¾, Kincumber-Avoca struggled to reach 8/112 off their 20 overs, with, Dan Heuston, a standout with 52, and Keen finished with figures of 3/16 off his four overs to be the pick of the bowlers.
Chasing 113 for victory, it was Keen who again set the standard taking 15 runs off the first over before finishing with 71 not out off 42 balls, which included six fours and five sixes.
Kaine Harmsworth provided solid support scoring 35, as the Wildcats reached the target in the 14th over for the loss of just two wickets, both of which were taken by, Ethan Short.
The other semi-final at Erina Oval was a thrilling affair with The Entrance prevailing in a nail biter by six runs.
Batting first, The Entrance skipper, Jason Blackwood, continue his excellent T20 form putting together a well compiled half century, as his team mates fell around him.
Ash Hardy 13, and Callum Dunkerley 12, were the only other batsmen to reach double figures, as the reigning premiers were reduced to 9/101 off their 20 overs.
Jeremy O’Connell was the pick of the bowlers with 3/21, whilst skipper, Chris Archer, took 2/12 off four overs.
In reply, Northern Power got off to the ideal start, with, Brett Lenton and O’Connell, putting on 40 runs off six overs for the opening wicket, before O’Connell fell to an injudicious shot, after hitting three fours and a six in his innings of 25, having survived a missed stumping second ball.
Despite needing less than five runs per over, Northern Power batsmen continued to show poor shot selection and the loss of key wickets, and tight bowling saw the run rate begin to rise, and in the end, it proved too much for the Power, with The Entrance winning by six runs.
What they would have done for someone to play an innings like Blackwood did for The Entrance.
Lenton was solid scoring 21, whilst, Mark Daniel, finished 15 not out at the end.
The Entrance and Warnervale now meet in the final on February 24 at Baker Park.
In the Under 21’s Grand Final, Kincumber-Avoca will play Wyong.
Media release, Feb 4
Garry Burkinshaw, Cricket NSW