Central Coast to bid for the title
DEFENDING champions Central Coast will bid for consecutive titles in the Lismore Under-12 cricket carnival when they take on Illawarra in the final today.
The match will be played at Heaps Oval from 9am.
Newcastle never recovered from a top-order collapse in their semi-final yesterday and they finished 53 runs short of the Illawarra total of 112 at Blair Oval.
In the other semi, the Central Coast bowlers also put their team in a virtually unbeatable position by claiming the first five Hunter Valley wickets for just 22.
Hunter Valley were dismised for 92 in reply to the Central Coast innings of 7-154.
The stars in the semis were Russell Wheaton and Jack Shelley, each with unbeaten 40s for Central Coast, and Isaac Smith (45) for Hunter Valley.
Reece Nikitaras (35) and Aaryn Kornberger (37) did the job for Illawarra with the bat and Kyle Booth claimed 4-10 to help destroy the powerful Newcastle batting line-up.
Meanwhile, Far North Coast Gold appeared likely to end the carnival without a win after being dismissed for 73 against South-East Queensland at St John’s College, Woodlawn.
FNC supporters were not confident as the boys were tired after three hard days of cricket and had to defend a small total.
The appearance of what was thought to bea yellow bellied whip snake sharpened the FNC team considerably, more so when it bit the father of one of the players, who was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for observation.
Not only did the local boys get out on to the field in double quick time, they bowled and fielded brilliantly to dismiss SEQ for 43.
The snake was released unharmed after being identified.
Scores yesterday (45-over games):
Illawarra 112 (R Nikitaris 35, A Kornberger 37, S Murthy 14; E Thompson 2-15, C Brougham 2-14) d Newcastle 59 (K Booth 4-5, M Philips 2-7, T Flynn-Duncombe 2-11).
Central Coast 7-154 (R Wheaton 40 retired, J Shelley 40 retired, B Brodell 16, O Thompson 16; C Cust 3-19, M Gibson 2-23) d Hunter Valley 92 (J Mitchell 21, I Smith 45 retired, Z Abel 2-4, S Byfield 2-16, B Ryan 2-15)
Hornsby-Kuringai 1-141 ( B Wallwood 19, D Heidegger 43 retired, M Chamberlain 40 retired, J Anderson 17 not out, T Davies 10 not out) d Manly-Warringah 7-132 (Joe Graham 30, W Derry 26, G Archer 13; D Hood 2-21, H Aly 3-15).
Parramatta 5-157( A Naiar 40 retired, L Gillies 25, S Elliott 23; D McMahon 2-22) d Hawkesbury 95 (L Gillies 2-4, G Doraghy 2-4, P Nicholls 2-18).
FNC Gold 73 (C Watts 12, T Brown 12, J Wood 11; M Langborne 3-7J Elkins 2-4L Reberger 2-10) d South-East Queensland 43 (M Pearce 2-1, L Maladay 2-10, I Fisher 3-8).
Toowoomba 202 (B Walker 40 retired, W Howse 40 retired, D Spanner 14, J Kaehler 26; J Vasallo 2-32) d Lismore Futures 77 (K Warid 20, O Hutchins 13, J Kennedy 2-8).
Tamworth 163 (S Yabsley 40 retired, E Clements 40 retired, J Richards 22 not out; Z Addison 2-23) d Met South West 93 (S Yabsley 3-13, L Cumming 2-15).
MNC 2-63 (K Fens 30 not out) d FNC Green 61 (F Goldsworthy 11, N Thompson 11; R Yates 2-4).
Central Coast v Illawarra at Heaps Oval, 9am start.