Central Coast made it back-to-back Country Cricket NSW Bradman Cup championships after a hard fought 19 run win over North Coastal in Albury today.
After winning the toss and batting Central Coast made a shaky start slumping to 3/37 before Harry Channells, 67 and skipper Harry Townsend, 55 put on a 91 run partnership. Upon their dismissal Kyle Frazer 23, Ben Sammut 18 and Karan Katli 13 added valuable runs as the Central Coast we able to finish their innings at a very competitive 9/230.
In reply North Coastal made a good fist of chasing down the total putting together a number of partnerships.
Central Coast were made to work hard for their wickets and at 5/200 were arguably underdogs to win the match and claim the championships. At this point however their fielding again came to the four and they were able to generate three run outs, whilst Karan Katli picked up two important wickets as well at the death and in the end North Coastal were dismissed for 211.
Katli was the most successful bowler finishing with 3/27 off 6 overs however it was the performance of Townsend 1/32 and Mitch Giltinan 1/31 who were able to make important breakthroughs during the middle of the innings to stall North Coastal’s run chase. Jack Swainston and Michael Drake also claimed a wicket.
Entering the Championships as defending premiers brings with it added expectation and Alex Patterson, John Rainger, John Toohey and the players embraced the challenge and played excellent cricket throughout the wicket, finishing with an unblemished record.
Well done to you all.