Covid-19 and rain bring early end to cricket finals

Norther Power Orange Cricket Club has taken out Central Coast Cricket Association’s (CCCA) Women’s T20 Competition Premiership after a blockbuster season.

Having already secured the Minor Premiership earlier in the season, the Power Orange finished the season as overall Premiers after rain called off play in the Women’s T20 Competition final against Southern Spirit.
Cricket NSW’s Cricket Manager for the Central Coast, David Winiata, said constant rainfall on March 14 saw the CCCA call time on the final and reschedule it for the following day, but Southern Spirit decided to concede the game, resulting in the Power Orange being awarded the major premiership.
Winiata said it had been a tremendous year for the Power Orange, who only lost the one game throughout the season.
It’s also their first Women’s Premiership.
Rain also wreaked havoc on the CCCA men’s two-day cricket first grade preliminary final between Lisarow-Ourimbah and Narara-Wyoming, with a result unable to be reached.
“After Saturday’s (March 14) play was called off due to consistent rain, both sides turned up on Sunday (March 15) ready to get a game underway,” said David Winiata.
“Unfortunately, mother nature had other ideas, and right before start time, rain started to fall delaying the game.”
After a half hour delay, the match started with the Magpies batting four overs to reach 0-12 before the rain returned and set in.
Despite subsequent efforts to get the game restarted, the game was eventually abandoned.
Unfortunately for Lisarow Ourimbah, the decision by the Cricket NSW to cancel all remaining matches this season in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, means that the 2020 two-day cricket premiership will now be awarded to Kincumber-Avoca who beat Lisarow-Ourimbah in the major semi-final two weeks ago.

Media release, Mar 16
David Winiata, Central Coast Cricket Association