A THRILLER: United batting in their match against Lawrence totalled 66, which was enough, by one run, to win.
A THRILLER: United batting in their match against Lawrence totalled 66, which was enough, by one run, to win.

Premiers climb off floor in cliffhanger

By TONY WHITE twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

LAST season's Lower Clarence premiers Maclean United climbed off the deck to defeat Lawrence by one run in a cliff hanger at Barry Watts Oval on Saturday.

After scoring 66 in its first innings, Luke Many and Tom Martin top scoring with 15, United looked in all sorts of trouble before an amazing change came over the game following the drinks break.

Lawrence were cruising at 5-48 but United's Luke Many destroyed the Lawrence tail to have them dismissed for 65.

"We only needed 18 runs after drinks with five wickets in hand but we sort of fell apart," Lawrence captain Mark Field said. "Luke Many did most of the damage."

For Lawrence Scott Davis continued his good form with 4-16, Field took 2-10 and Cameron Green 2-7. Field also top scored for Lawrence with 26.

Many finished with figures of 4-4 off 5.3 overs, Michael Essex took 3-28 and captain Nic Clark, 2-17.

In the other match at Yamba Oval, Harwood won the toss and batted first scoring 136.

Shane Causley batted brilliantly to top score with 67 and was well supported by Andrew Causley, 22.

Rick Ensbey was the pick of Wanderers bowlers with 4-20 from just eight overs. His line and length was impeccable.

Captain Darrell Simmons chimed in with 2-11 from four overs.

Wanderers openers Simmons and Rick Ensbey set up the win with a great opening stand of 85 before Simmons was removed for 49. Ensbey went on to score 48no.

Ensbey's all round performance earned him man of the match.



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