Kiwi visitors no match for Valley combination
By TONY WHITE
THE touring Canterbury Colts team from New Zealand yesterday were beaten by a combined Lower and Clarence River Cricket Association XI in a one-day match at Yamba Oval.
The tourists have been coming to the Clarence Valley annually for more than a decade and yesterday was the team's seventh match on its current Australian tour.
Due to a heavy local representative schedule this year the Clarence and Lower associations elected to field a combined team to take on the Kiwis and it bristled with all-round strike power.
After winning the toss Combined captain Luke Many from Maclean United elected to bat.
Led by an assertive 69 from Braden Dinham, a former member of the Country Energy North Coast Development Squad, and a bristling 71 from Luke Shanahan, Combined were all out for 215 in the 49th over.
The Canterbury Colts, who had won three and lost three games on tour thus far, were never in the hunt chasing down the total with young Westlawn Premier League player Rohan Hackett the chief destroyer.
A rampant Hackett took 4-18 from eight overs and earned man of the match honours.
Other wicket takers for Combined were Nathan Blanch with three and Many, two wickets.
Canterbury officials conceded the Combined XI was the strongest line up they have faced on tour.
The Canterbury Colts now take on Ballina in Ballina tomorrow.
Scores for the match published in tomorrow's Daily Examiner.