So near yet so far away from Country Cup final
ROBUST batting in both lead-up finals by Jack Ireland was not enough to put the Coffs Harbour District rep team into the final of the SCG Country Cup.
Coffs won the quarter final meeting against Lake Macquarie by 34 runs, thanks to an innings of 63 by the young Urunga star who was ably assisted by Alec Baldwin's knock of 55.
But while Ireland was able to produce an even better 73 in the semi-final meeting with Hamilton-Wickham, he was the only batsman in the top order to fire, once Baldwin was sent on his way without scoring.
That was apart from resistance by Craig Haworth (30) and Raja Sandhu (35) but the total of 200 wasn't enough and the winning side passed the target in the 41st over for the loss of three wickets.
Coffs Harbour District's loss paves the way for an all-Newcastle grand final with Hamilton-Wickham to meet Merewether at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 18.
Meanwhile, grading for the Sommers T20 Cup will take place at Club Coffs next Friday.
Registrations may be made for the major and lower grade competitions until close of business on Tuesday, January 6, at http://www.chdca2020.weebly.com.
SCG Country Cup
Coffs Harbour v Lake Macquarie
Coffs Harbour 1st innings
M ROSE c S Ulcigrai b M Ulcigrai1 5
A BALDWIN b G Connor 55
C HAWORTH c B White b M Ulcigrai 0
J IRELAND b T Biracoski 63
N GETT c T Biracoski b B White10
P MYLES run out 4
J BARTLETT lbw b T Biracoski 0
M WEEDEN lbw b T Biracoski 0
N OLLENNU b M Ulcigrai 20
J LOVETT not out 14
D HARRIS b M Ulcigrai 0
Sundries: (1nb, 15w, 1b, 3lb) 20
Total: All out for 201 (50)
Lake Illawarra 1st innings
Total: All out for 167 (40.5)
Bowling: N Ollennu 7-1-33-1, J Lovett 5-0-36-2, P Myles 9-3-21-3, J Bartlett 7-0-14-1, C Haworth 2-0-3-0, D Harris 7-1-41-0, A Baldwin 3.5-0-14-3.
Coffs Harbour won quarter-final by 34 runs
Coffs Harbour v Hamilton-Wickham
Coffs Harbour 1st Innings
A BALDWIN c B Balcomb b M Casey 0
M ROSE lbw b S Webber 6
C HAWORTH c B Balcomb b T Dwyer 30
J IRELAND c S Hughes b T Dwyer 73
R SANDHU lbw b S Webber 35
H BASSI c B Balcomb b M Casey 2
M WEEDEN lbw b M Webber 0
J LOVETT lbw b M Webber 15
N OLLENNU c B Balcomb b S Webber 13
P MYLES c B Balcomb b T Dwyer 13
J BARTLETT not out 0
Sundries: (10w, 3lb) 13
Total: All out for 200 (46.3)
Hamilton-Wickham 1st innings
Total: 3-203 (41)
Bowling: P Myles 3-0-14-0, N Ollennu 8-2-35-0, J Bartlett 8-0-41-1, H Bassi 5-0-18-0, M Weeden 4-0-19-1, R Sandhu 5-0-32-1, J Lovett 6-0-21-0, D Harris 2-0-22-0.
Hamilton-Wickham won semi-final by seven wickets.