The Central Coast’s bid for a fourth consecutive McDonalds Country Cricket final ended at the hands of Newcastle over the weekend.
A rampant Newcastle batting line-up took the Central Coast bowlers to task after winning the toss and batting on a perfect Jubilee Park wicket, putting on 6/324 from their 50 overs.
None of the Central Coast bowlers were spared, however, Chris Archer bowled well to claim 2/41 off 10 overs.
Central Coast’s batting got off to a bad start with Ben Cohen caught on the boundary in the first over for 8, and he was followed two overs later by Tony Cornwell, who was adjudged LBW for 1.
Hayden Murphy struggled before being dismissed for 4, whilst Ryan Fenning hit two sixes in his innings of 16 at which time the Coast were 4/47 after just nine overs.
Steve McCabe stood out like a beacon, looking in total control despite carrying a leg injury, and it was a surprise when he top-edged a cut shot to be caught for 40.
Dylan Robertson was unluckily run out at the bowlers’ end for 11 before Brendon Charlton was another Coast batter adjudged LBW, out for 26.
Kaleb Daley came and went for 6 before Blair Lindsay fell for 20 with the score at 9/150.
The last pair of Harry Woodhead and Scott Burkinshaw were enterprising at the death, putting on a partnership of 34 before Woodhead was caught on the boundary for 33, Burkinshaw ended unbeaten on 10.
In the end, Central Coast was dismissed in the 35th over for 184 runs.
Newcastle will now progress through to the Country Cricket Championship final to be played on November 17 while the Central Coast representative team players return to their respective clubs to contest the Central Coast Cricket Association’s 2019/20 season.
Media release, Nov 3
Garry Burkinshaw, Central Coast Cricket Association