Lawrence confidence booster
By ADRIAN MILLER firstname.lastname@example.org
LAWRENCE will go into next week's Lower Clarence Cricket Association semi-final against Wanderers full of confidence after easily accounting for bottom-placed Harwood on Saturday.
Set 83 for victory, Lawrence scored the required runs in the space of 30 overs and with five wickets remaining.
Harwood caption Darren Ryan won the toss and elected to bat on a slow and wet Lawrence Oval.
With the ball skidding around the Lawrence batsmen found the going tough, and lost wickets at regular intervals.
They struggled to 7 for 82, with Daniel Adams top-scoring with 30 not out, with Joel Petrie, 17, and Jason Hughes, 13, the only others to reach double figures.
Scott Davis was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 4 from 7 overs, while Mark Field, 2 for 21 from 7 and Simon Lewis, 2 for 15 off 6, also performed well.
In reply Lawrence started strongly, with Lewis, 29, and Justin Keats, 7, taking the score to 20, before Keats was out caught to Matt Petrie.
Lewis was joined by Davis, 16, and with controlled, skillful batting, they took the score to 55 before Davis was out to Isaac Duffey.
When Lewis fell one run later Harwood looked to be in with a chance of the win, but Cameron Green, 15, and Mark Field, 10, took Lawrence to within sight of victory before they were both out and it was left to Daniel Butt, 2 not out, and Jack Quelch to see Lawrence home.
Duffey was the pick of the Harwood bowlers with 2 for 13 from 6.
LCCA ? FIRST GRADE
LAWRENCE v HARWOOD
P MUNDAY b Field1
J PETERIE b Davis17
I DUFFICY c&b Field2
S CAUSLEY c Ensbey b T Lewis1
D ADAMS not out30
M DAVIDSON c T Lewis b Davis1
M PETERIE c Butt b S Lewis4
J HUGHES c Butt b S Lewis13
A VILLIERS not out0
Fall: 8, 13, 16, 25, 31, 52, 82.
Bowling: T Lewis 1/16, M Field 2/21, S Davis 2/4, M Kelsall 0/17, S Lewis 2/15, M Horton 0/8.
S LEWIS c Ryan b Dufficy29
J KEATS c Brown b Peterie7
S DAVIS c Adams b Dufficy16
C GREEN c Hughes b Munday15
M FIELD b Peterie10
D BUTT not out2
J QUELCH not out0
Fall: 20, 55, 56, 70.
Bowling: A Villiers 0/7, S Causley 0/14, M Peterie 1/9, I Dufficy 2/13, J Peterie 1/15, D Adams 0/10, P Munday 1/12, P Brown 0/2.
nIN THE day's other match Wanderers beat minor premiers Yamba.
Full match details were unavailable last night, but Yamba captain Matt Ardrey said the side wasn't too fazed with the result.
"It was a bit of a nothing game really with both of us already qualifyed for the finals so we gave a few of the young lads a go at the top of the order to say thankyou for the season," he said.
"It was a chance to give them a bit of a go and see if they could make some runs heading into the final, which they did, so it was good to see."
Ardrey said the side was confident heading into next week's major semi-final against United.
"Our batting depth is probably a little bit suspect but we've got the bowling attack to really take it to them," he said.
"We beat them a couple of weeks ago so we are feeling good about it."