CONSISTENT: Daley Durrant in action for Lower Clarence against Tamworth Old Boys in the McDonalds Country Plate at Harwood Oval last weekend.
CONSISTENT: Daley Durrant in action for Lower Clarence against Tamworth Old Boys in the McDonalds Country Plate at Harwood Oval last weekend. Matthew Elkerton

Batsman need to fire in "must win” inter-district clash

REPRESENTATIVE CRICKET: It will be all hands on deck for Lower Clarence as they host Coffs Harbour at Harwood Oval in a must-win clash in the second round of the North Coast Cricket Council Inter-District competition.

The boys from the cane fields will bring the same side into this clash that defeated Tamworth Old Boys in Country Plate action at home last weekend.

"It is good carrying the same team into the matches,” captain Luke Many said. "It gives our boys a bit of consistency and we do have a decent outfit.”

But the captain admitted there was work to do within the squad with recent batting performances not up to the scratch of representative cricket.

Against Clarence River in Inter-District action a fortnight ago Lower lost their first four wickets for a measly 31 runs before the lower-middle order was called upon. While it was not as drastic against the Old Boys last weekend, the side was still in a bother at 6-109 before their lower-middle order stabilised the innings.

On both occasions it was Iluka product Corey Kempshall (41 and 43) who pulled the Lower Clarence side out of the fire but Many does not want him to have to do it again.

"Last couple of games have been pretty ordinary with the bat,” he said. "The middle order has been pulling us out of some trouble.

"We are obviously used to setting ourselves for 80 overs so going into the shorter form the boys at the top might put a bit of pressure on themselves to go a bit quicker earlier - but it is not always what is needed.”

It has been the consistency of the Lower bowling unit which has impressed Many the most with Daley Durrant and Brandon Honeybrook leading from the front with the new ball.

Many expects both players to continue their form into Sunday's clash and believed they could make the difference against Coffs.

"Bear (Honeybrook) and Daley have been awesome lately,” he said. "You can just about expect it from them every week now.”



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