CRCA lads claim title
THE Clarence River Cricket Association Under-16 representative team clinched the North Coast Cricket Council interdistrict title with a win over Coffs Harbour at Richardson Oval, Sawtell, on Sunday.
After posting 146, CRCA bowled well to dismiss Coffs Harbour for 130.
CRCA lost the toss and was sent into bat on a very good, well-grassed strip on a very humid morning.
Openers Mitch Ware and Brendan Purser gave the visitors a great start with 28 runs before Ware was caught behind for 11.
Purser kept the scoreboard ticking before he too was dismissed, caught behind for a well-compiled 29.
Matt Hartmann, batting at number three, was run out for 17 just as he was beginning to get right on top of the attack.
A fourth wicket partnership between Brad Robertson and Rohan Hackett of 44 set CRCA up for a more than competitive total.
When Robertson was dismissed for 17, Hackett took control of the attack with some well-judged shots around the ground.
When Hackett was dismissed for 31, the score was 6/125.
With just 11 overs remaining, the lower order batsmen pushed the score to 146 from 48.5 overs.
Coffs Harbour did not help their chances, dropping at least four catches.
Coffs Harbour faced eight overs before lunch, with the seasiders slumping to 3/15 before the break.
The prize wicket for the CRCA attack was Coffs' Phillip Hughes. Hughes has been in outstanding form with the bat.
Arron Amos, bowling with great pace, ripped a short-
pitched delivery into Hughes, who attempted a hook shot only to see the ball skid to backward square leg where Nick Whitton accepted the catch to the joy of his teammates. Hughes contributed just one run.
Coffs Harbour lower order batsman Ben Waldsax almost claimed victory for his side when he blasted a fine 33 which included two sixes.
He raced to 32 before being brilliantly run out by Brad Robertson and 'keeper Hartmann.
Coffs Harbour was dismissed in the 49th over, 16 runs short of the required total.
CRCA's bowling attack was superb on the day, with Bryce Speechley taking 2-16 from 7.5 overs. He bowled a great line and length.
Arron Amos bowled with great pace, taking 2-18 from his 10 overs.
Left-armer Steve Lutton kept most batsmen guessing with his inswingers claiming 2-24 from eight overs.
Rohan Hackett, back bowling after a lower back problem, chimed in with 1-24 from 10 overs.
Right-arm leg-spinner Brad Robertson took 1/25 from his 10 overs and Mitch Ware 1/19.