It has been an up and down season for our senior teams, but the passing round brought the brightest moment of 18/19 as each of our 4 grades recorded wins. It is the first Plateau sweep for a couple of years.
1st Grade had a solid victory over Beacon Hill. Batting first, a Ryan Blackshaw 51 led CPCC to a total of 220. This was comfortably defended with Beacon Hill being bowled out for 121, Brad Baber was the best of the bowlers taking 3.
2nd Grade had a crushing outright victory over Long Reef. Out for as many points as possible to keep their very minute finals chances alive, CPCC chose to bowl first and proceed to bowl Long Reef out for 120 (Ben Eady 4/45). Adrian Caproni (60) then went ballistic with the bat to close out day 1 – his display of 6 hitting put CPCC at 2/80. They pushed on to 197 on day 2 (Harry Fisher 56). In their 2nd Innings Long Reef looked comfortable at 1/76. The game was about to be called when openers Richards and Eady were reintroduced. They combined to take 7/25 (Eady 4/27, Richards 3/20) and keep the outright alive. Plateau required 25 off 4 overs and this was knocked off with an over to spare.
4th Grade comfortably defended their mammoth 8/249 dec (Conde 107) bowling Mona Vale out for 124 (Raja Ganeshraj 4/23) at Beverley Job. 4th Grades incredible run to the finals continues – after losing their first 7 matches they now sit in 3rd, winning 5 of their last 6, and can only miss out by losing the last round and having other results go against them.
5th Grade looked shaky after setting only 96 against the Breakers at Terrey Hills, but those fears were quickly quashed as they rolled the Breakers for just 50. Going back into bat, CPCC finished the game at 7/100 in the 2nd Innings. 5ths are comfortably in the finals sitting in 3rd place.
Good luck to our teams in the last round matches, let’s hope we can do it again!