By ADRIAN MILLER
LAWRENCE announced their arrival in the Lower Clarence Cricket Association (LCCA) first grade competition with a 21-run victory over Wanderers on Saturday.
Lawrence batted first in overcast conditions and suffered an early setback when opener Jack Quelch was dismissed on 9 to leave them at 1 for 13.
Simon Lewis, 22, and Scott Davis, 12, put together a 40 run partnership before inspirational bowling performances from Matt Bryant and Peter Fitzpatrick saw Lawrence lose 4 wickets for 12 runs, to leave them at 5 for 65.
The wickets continued to fall steadily, and when Lawrence lost another 3 wickets for a paltry 4 runs, they were struggling at 8 for 78.
But Rod Ensby, batting at number nine, managed to hang around and scored 16 valuable runs for his team, taking them to a total of 95.
Matt Bryant was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3/19 off four overs, while Zac Newton snared 2/3 off 13 deliveries.
In reply Wanderers got off to a strong start and were cruising after openers Rick Ensby, who top-scored with 30 and Jackson Philp, 19, put on a 46 run partnership.
But after losing their first wicket, things went downhill fast.
They lost 6 for 10 to be 6/56, and with only 10 batsmen the game looked gone.
The tail wagged to score and additional 18 runs, but the damage had been done and they were finally dismissed for 74.
Mark Field was the top Lawrence bowler with 3/17 from eight overs, while Cameron Green took 3/11 from three.
Wanderers player Liam Jones said Lawrence had really taken the game to them.
"We didn't really know what to expect from them, but they bowled really well and we batted pretty terribly," he said.