WINNER: Tom Freebody bats for United against Iluka in the Lower Clarence cricket first grade grand final.
WINNER: Tom Freebody bats for United against Iluka in the Lower Clarence cricket first grade grand final.

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UNITED has defeated minor-premiers Iluka to claim the Lower Clarence Cricket Association first grade major premiership.

The association finished the season at the weekend with senior grand finals played in all three grades.

Despite challenging weather, all senior grade cricket in the Clarence River Fishermen's Co-operative-sponsored competition went ahead.

The Nick Clark-led United side defeated Darrell Simmons' Ilukans in the first grade competition in a rain-affected match that led to a 50-over contest on Sunday at Iluka.

Minor-premiers Iluka failed to chase a relatively small total of 119 and were all out for 91. From a precarious 2/2 United recovered, thanks to a steady 42 from Dean Moran, with Russ Cowan claiming 3/20, Darrell Simmons 2/15 and Shane Causley 2/20.

In reply Jeff Simmons topscored for Iluka with 24 and Liam Jones chipped in with 22.

United's bowling attack lived up to usual high standards with Nick Clark taking 3/25, Aaron Emery 2/17 and Brett Smidt 2/2.

David Lyons' Wanderers deposed Rod Ensbey's second-grade minor premiers Lawrence at Lawrence.

At Brushgrove in third grade, with Bob Sutherland in charge of Dick Ensbey's minor- premiers Lawrence side, the Lawrencians took victory from Brushgrove.

President of the Lower Clarence Cricket Association, Kevin Styles, yesterday congratulated all the sides participating in the finals.

"The association is delighted that we have had another very successful domestic season and pays tribute to the nine clubs for their enthusiasm and support for the development of junior and senior cricket on the Lower Clarence," he said.

"The continued support of our major sponsor, the Clarence River Fishermen's Co-operative, the Greg Chappell Cricket Centre and our other sponsors have created an environment for success.

"Special thanks go to all those who put in such an effort to have grounds playable throughout the season, in particular the council staff and the volunteers at Iluka, Yamba Oval and Barrie Watt Oval.

"We were also very pleased to have two qualified umpires for each match, thanks to the efforts of the Lower Clarence Umpires Association," he said.

In the association's junior ranks the Wanderers defeated Yamba to take the Under-12s title, and in the Under-14s, Woodford Warriors were victorious.



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