Lower order revival guides United
By TONY WHITE
DESPITE a middle order collapse, a strong rear guard revival allowed United to defeat Wanderers in the Lower Clarence competition at Barry Watts Oval on Saturday.
By all reports the pitch was a minefield making batting extremely difficult on a wicket with varying bounce and speed.
Wanderers, despite a good start by openers Rick Ensby (6) and captain and top scorer Darrel Simmons (29), fell in a heap to be all out for a very moderate 66.
Luke Many destroyed the Wanderers innings taking 5-19 ably assisted by Nick Clark with 3-20.
United opener Deane Moran top scored with 21 but the reigning premiers slumped badly to be 6-26 and in real trouble.
Brett Lancaster (13) and Lower Clarence league star and opening bowler Tom Freebody (14no) managed to steer United to victory, finishing at 9-77. In the other match at Iluka, Harwood's top order fired to set Yamba a total of 7-174.
Mark Ensbey was in top form with a tremendous top score of 52, openers Jason Hughes (27) and Isaac Dufficy (19) set a solid platform and Shane Causley chimed in with an emphatic 44no.
Yamba's Mark Valette bowled with good line and length and Don Kirk and Rob Hogson took two wickets apiece.
Yamba set about the run chase admirably, openers Braden Dinham (14) and Don Kirk (64) giving the side confidence.
However, apart from tail ender Brendon Swan (11), they were the only two batsman to reach double figures.
Yamba were dismissed for a disappointing 126.
Ensbey and Causley capped a fine matches by taking 3-16 and 3-5 respectively and Dufficy took 3-25.