Lower too miserly for Coffs in rep finale
By ADRIAN MILLER
THE Lower Clarence Cricket Association (LCCA) have won the North Coast Cricket Council Inter-District Competition after beating Coffs Harbour by 52 runs at Yamba Oval yesterday.
In hot and sultry conditions, LCCA were were sent in when the visitors won the toss and took full advantage of a batter-friendly pitch.
While they lost wickets at regular intervals they were able to keep the runs flowing at around 5 per over and finished with a total of 246 after they were bowled out in the 50th over.
LCCA captain Daryl Simmons topped scored for the home side with 73 not out, while Braden Dinham, 42, Nathan Ensby, 24, and Luke Many batting down the order, chipped in with a late flourish of 22.
The pick of the bowlers for Coffs harbour was Hugh Campbell who took 4 for 43 in his 10 overs.
Coffs eagerly set about their chase, but the restrictive bowling from LCCA meant the pressure was always on the visitors.
They struggled to keep the run rate around the required five an over mark and were bowled out in the 45th over for 194, handing victory to LCCA.
Glen Johnson top scored for Coffs with 52, while Ben Andrews, 36, and Damian Elks, 25, were other notable performers.
Daryl Simmons followed up his top score with the bat to take 3 for 36 off 9 and take Man of the Match honours, while Mark Vallette took 2 for 36 off 8 and Mark Ardrey bowled 10 overs straight to take 2 for 50.
Simmons said the victory was a fantastic result.
"It was a very good win for the lads and everyone is really happy with the result," he said.
"We set them a tough total to chase and I think it was just a really good all round performance from the whole team.
"For an association which doesn't get many accolades it's a great result for everyone involved."
nFull scores in tomorrow's Daily Examiner.