Lower sixes a huge hit
Lower Clarence cricket by Tony White
IT was far from a run feast but a sensational day was had by all at the annual Clarence River Fisherman's Co-Operative six-a-side competition at the Wherrett Park Complex, Maclean, on Saturday.
In an entertaining climax to the day involving 16 teams from the Lower Clarence competition and one 'ring in,' last season's Lower Clarence premiers United beat the celebrity team Rum Bears in the grand final.
Six-a-side rules are far different from normal cricket including bonus runs for hitting a ball between strategically placed cones on the field.
Last year's winners Yamba were knocked out by United in the semi final and the Rum Bears beat Wanderers second's team in the other semi.
After batting first, Run bears posted 22 runs and in reply United cruised to victory with 0-25.
"The grand final was a bit of an anti climax but it was a brilliant day. Everyone had a great time," organiser Matt Ardrey said.
Including players, a crowd of over 150 converged on Wherrett Park to watch the action.
United's Tom Martin won the award for most runs during the tournament with 113 from five games. Wanderers second's player Ryan Binge won the award for the most wickets (5).
Binge also picked up the most sixes award (7) and he also hit two ten run for deftly placing the ball between the field cones.
"I'd like to thank the umpires, scorer's and canteen staff for their help," Ardrey said. "It was a very successful day and next year will be bigger and better than ever."
A report on the Lower Clarence competition games deferred until Sunday will appear in tomorrow's Daily Examiner.