Michael Essex bats in the Lower River competition.
Michael Essex bats in the Lower River competition.

Dinham leads the charge


BRADEN Dinham made a welcome return to Lower Clarence cricket at Yamba Oval on Sunday thumping 67 for Yamba in its big win over Harwood.

In recent weeks, Dinham has been playing cricket for the Gold Coast Dolphins but the Lower Clarence competition's deferral of matches until Sunday after the sixa-side competition on Saturday, allowed Dinham to turn out for Yamba.

Dinham and number four batsman Matt Cheney, who topscored with 68, combined for an all-important 108 run partnership in Yamba's total of 216.

In reply Harwood, who have struggled this season, were bundled out for just 108.

Yamba captain Matt Ardrey said it was a great win for Yamba who had to battle hard against very tight bowling in the opening 15 overs.

"We were probably only about 30-odd after 15 overs, Harwood bowled very tight early," Ardrey said. "It was a slow start for us but the boys, especially Braden (Dinham) and Matt (Cheney) really picked it up.

"Matt was pretty chuffed. He's been with us for about four years and that was his first 50."

Adam Villiers was best for Harwood snaring 3-25 from five overs and Daniel Adams picked up 2-17 from 3.2 overs.

Apart from opener and captain Darren Ryan (28) and a powerful 36 from Jason Hughes in the middle order, the remainder of Harwood's batsmen failed to muster a decent score.

Ron Becker was the chief destroyer taking 4-14 from seven overs. Evan Rice and Rob Hodson each picked up two wickets.

Defending premiers United proved too strong for Wanderers in the other match at Barry Watts Oval.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Wanderers were dismissed for 92 and in reply, United compiled 4-93 in the 30th over of the scheduled 45-over-a-side match.

"It was a low-scoring game but the bowling from both sides was very tight," United captain Nick Clark said.

Opener and captain Darrel Simmons (26) and Jackson Philp (22) did best with the bat for Wanderers.

Wanders lost its first wicket ? Pete Brossman (2) ? to be 1-5 then when Tim Ryan fell to Freebody, were in trouble at 2-17.

Freebody, who also claimed Brossman, finished with 2-19.

"He was unlucky not to have better figures," Clark said. "He bowled nine overs straight with four maidens. They were important wickets for us."

Luke Many, however, who picked up the important scalp of Simmons, was the pick of the United bowlers, finishing with 4-18 from nine overs.

Michael Essex took 2-25.

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