A Daley dose of cricketing talent spins his way into town
LOWER Clarence captain Luke Many is backing Daley Durrant for the double.
The 2012-13 Country Plate semi-finalists have a new weapon in the livewire Harwood leg-spinner.
Durrant starred for Lower Clarence with 5-15 in round one of this year's knockout against Nambucca Valley.
Many said Durrant has been a valuable addition.
"He grew up playing in South Australia, then lived on the Gold Coast and recently moved to the area to play soccer for the Maclean Bobcats," Many said.
"He's mates with the McMahons and it went from there. He said he played a bit of cricket, came down to bowl in the nets and looked a pretty handy type.
"He's a good leg-spinner, bats well and is a good, hyperactive cover fieldsman, full of chirp and enthusiastic."
Lower Clarence will take the same side that went to Macksville, minus unavailable Mark Ensbey, thus fielding the bare 11.
"Everyone who made the effort to travel in the first place would be picked again," Many said.
This will be the third year in a row Lower Clarence has met Gloucester at this stage of the knockout and, based on its record, it would fancy its chances.
Last season Gloucester came to Harwood Oval, where Lower Clarence posted 261 before rattling through the visitors for just 90 runs.
The road trip is always a more daunting prospect, but in season 2011-12 Lower Clarence had scored 246 before a wash-out forced it out of the tournament.
"We went to Gloucester two years ago, left about 3am, then got washed out, turned around and drove back five hours," Many said.
"If you want to play in these competitions you've got to travel for it.
"We went well against them last year at Harwood so we know what to expect, but it all depends on who stands up on the day."
In other fixtures of the last 16, Inverell takes on Upper Hunter, and Cootamundra, which hosts the semis and final on December 28-29, takes on Monaro.
North Coast representative honours
The Clarence River Junior Cricket Association has had one player named in both the North Coast under-14 and under-16 representative sides.
Mitch Kroehnert was selected in the under-16s, who will compete in the Bradman Cup at Singleton and Maitland from January 6-9. Dylan Cleaver will play in Newcastle as a member of the North Coast under-14s in the Kookaburra Cup from January 13-16.
"We would like to congratulate and recognise the boys on their selection," CRJCA secretary Janet Grieve said.
"This is a terrific achievement and shows that dedication and hard work gets results."
Both cricketers play in CRCA Premier League competition - Kroehnert for Brothers Cricket Club and Cleaver for South Services.