Round 5 of the Central Coast Cricket Association 1st Grade competition played on Saturday saw wins to Northern Power, The Entrance, Wyong, Narara-Wyoming and Warnervale.
It was a case of the old and the new for The Entrance as they claimed sole position at the top of the leaderboard after defeating Terrigal-Matcham by two wickets at Duffy's Road.
Former captain Jason Blackwood turned back time with the ball for the reigning premiers as his 3/31 off 10 overs helped restrict the home side to 7/187 from their 50 overs. Skipper Tim Bowring was the pick of the Bellbirds bats with 41 whilst opened Lloyd Radcliffe backed up his last start half century with another 38.
In reply The Entrance were struggling at 7/141 before veteran Ash Hardy used all his experience to guide his side to a last over victory. Hardy finished unbeaten on 55 with youngster Callum Dunkerley, elevated to opener in the absence of Adam Taylor, scoring a well compiled 40 whilst Mitchell Starkey combined for an invaluable 41 run eight wicket partnership with Hardy. Jaime Brien was a standout with the ball for Terrigal-Matcham finishing with 4/32.
Northern Power moved into second position on the ladder following a thrilling one wicket win over Kincumber-Avoca at Erina Oval.
Chasing the home sides imposing 249 run total, the Power put on 40 runs for the last two wickets to get home with just one wicket remaining.
Nathan Stokes was the hero for Northern Power scoring 41 not out batting at number 9, Josh Abel scored 39 and opener Jeremy O'Connell hit 34 runs to go with the 3/23 he took with the ball.
After starring with the ball last week, Bryce Birks excelled with bat this week for Kincumber-Avoca bludgeoning 63 runs off 56 balls including 4 sixes. Keeper, Nathan Auslebrook also passed the half century mark finishing with 53 as the pair rescued the Griffins from a precarious position of 6//116. With the ball Michael Williams was a standout finishing with 5/49 off nine overs.
A century to Warnervale captain Simon Keen was the highlight of his teams 141 run win over Southern Spirit at Col Gooley Oval.
The victory saw Warnervale move into third position whilst Southern Spirit are still yet to record their first win of the season.
Keen's 103 along with support from Scott Atkinson 41 enabled the Wildcats to finish with 238 before dismissing Southern Spirit for 97. Joseph Liddle, 4/23 and Karan Katli 3/11 were the most successful bowler. Southern Spirit skipper, Daniel Friend fought a lonehand for his side top scoring with 42 after earlier taking 4/49 off his 10 overs.
Narara-Wyoming's, James Smith destroyed the Brisbane Water batting line up assisting his side to a 7 wicket victory at Adcock Park
The off spinner took the amazing figures of 6/9 off 8 overs as the Bluetoungues were dismisssed for just 75. Shaun Hill top scored with 23.
In reply, Narara-Wyoming led by Mark McLachlan, 35 made light work of the run chase passing the total in the 18th over for the loss of just 3 wickets, 2 of which were run outs.
In the final game at Baker Park, Wyong proved too strong for Lisarow-Ourimbah winning by 7 wickets .
Winning the toss and batting Lisarow-Ourimbah stumbled from 2/56 to be all out for 96, before Jordan Liddle guided his side to victory for the loss of just 3 wickets. Liddle finishing unbeaten on 42.
Next weeks sees the start of the two day matches.
For match details of Round 5 click here