MOVING FORWARD: Two-time NSW Country Female Cricketer of the Year Carly Leeson has played her last game for Harwood before she moves to Sydney.
MOVING FORWARD: Two-time NSW Country Female Cricketer of the Year Carly Leeson has played her last game for Harwood before she moves to Sydney. Debrah Novak

Carly shines with bat and ball in Clarence Valley swansong

LCCA CRICKET: Carly Leeson has signed off her Clarence Valley cricket career in style.

The 18-year-old played a leading hand with bat and ball in a Lower Clarence First Grade thriller for Harwood against competition leaders Wanderers at Barry Watts Oval in Maclean on Saturday.

Batting at number six, she came to the crease at 4 for 61 and proceeded to top score with 30 runs including a 39-run partnership with Ken Richards (25no) as Harwood set 7 for 148 off its 40 overs.

"When I went out it was a hard time because we had to score runs but at the same time not lose wickets," Leeson said. "So I tried to bat through the innings and let the guys at the other end get the runs."

Leeson then took 2 for 26 off 8 overs including the prized wicket of the competition's leading run scorer Brandon Honeybrook (4) as the defending premiers eventually fell eight runs short of the required total.

Carly Leeson fielding for Harwood in the Lower Clarence Cricket Association Maclean Bowling Club First Grade match between Harwood and Maclean United at Harwood Oval on Saturday, 24th of October, 2015. Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner
Carly Leeson fielding for Harwood in the Lower Clarence Cricket Association Maclean Bowling Club First Grade match between Harwood and Maclean United at Harwood Oval on Saturday, 24th of October, 2015. Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner Bill North

The match was Leeson's swansong before she moves to Sydney this weekend to start her Environmental Management degree at the University of NSW, where she will play cricket for University in the Sydney Women's Grade competition.

"It was defintiely a close match all the way," Leeson said. "A really even contest.

"Possibly my last one ever for Harwood, so definitely good to contribute.

"It's a big year and big change but I'm really looking forward to it."

Carly Leeson batting for NSW Metro.
Carly Leeson batting for NSW Metro. Brody Grogan
A winner of two Under-18 and two under-15 National titles for NSW and a two-time Female Country Cricketer of the Year, Leeson was awarded the Ben Lexcen Sports Scholarship at the university, following in the footsteps of cricketers Alex Blackwell and Georgia Redmayne.   She was also named Clarence Valley Sportsperson of the Month for January she took a wicket with her very first delivery in her Women's Big Bash League debut for the Sydney Sixers, becoming the first previous Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year (2014) to become a Senior Sportsperson nominee.  

Wanderers may have felt confident of chasing down Harwood's total, especially when Todd Peterie (41) came out all guns blazing. But after Leeson's double strike Richards (2 for 23 off 6) and Steven Timms (4 for 19 off 4.4) joined the party and the wickets tumbled, leaving skipper Joel Peterie (48no) stranded with 10 overs still up the sleeve.

Meanwhile, Lawrence must now win their remaining two matches and rely on Iluka dropping both theirs to be any chance of playing finals cricket this season after a heavy defeat at the hands of Iluka.

Corey Kempshall showed just how dangerous he could become in March, blasting 58 as Iluka set 163 in 33.2 overs.

Lawrence were never in the hunt, at one stage 2 for 0 and all out for just 71.

SCOREBOARD

Lower Clarence Cricket Association   MACLEAN BOWLING CLUB 1ST GRADE    Round 15    Wanderers v Harwood   At Barry Watts Oval   Toss: Harwood   Harwood Innings   GJ Simmons c Boyd b B Honeybrook 20   S Timms c T Peterie b Causley 11   D Simmons c Roberts b Causley 14   P Timms b J Peterie 3   T Anderson c & b J Peterie 17   C Leeson c & b Boyd 30   T Anderson c Roberts b Everett 18   K Richards not out 25   M Peterie not out 1   Extras (b 2, lb 3, w 3, nb 1) 9   SEVEN wickets for 148   Overs: 40   FoW: 1-33(S Timms) 2-36(GJ Simmons) 3-51(D Simmons) 4-61(P Timms) 5-73(T Anderson) 6-104(T Anderson) 7-143(C Leeson)    Bowling: J Peterie 8-2-28-2, D Causley 8-0-35-2, B Honeybrook 8-1-18-1, A Everett 8-2-31-1, AG Boyd 8-2-31-1.    Wanderers Innings   T Peterie c T Anderson b P Timms 41    B Emanuel st T Anderson b T Anderson 6    B Honeybrook c T Anderson b Leeson 4    J Peterie not out 48    A Dickson lbw b Leeson 3    D Causley c T Anderson b S Timms 10    K Roberts b S Timms 2    D Galloway c T Anderson b Richards 3    A Everett b Richards 2    D Honeybrook c T Anderson b S Timms 4    AG Boyd lbw b S Timms 2    Extras (b 0, lb 4, w 10, nb 0) 14    Total: 140   Overs: 30   FoW: 1-32(B Emanuel) 2-42(B Honeybrook) 3-54(T Peterie) 4-62(A Dickson) 5-109(D Causley) 6-112(K Roberts) 7-123(D Galloway) 8-128(A Everett) 9-138(D Honeybrook) 10-140(AG Boyd)    Bowling: K Richards 6-1-23-2, T Anderson 2-0-17-1, P Timms 8-1-35-1, C Leeson 8-2-26-2, T Littlechild 1-0-16-0, S Timms 4.4-0-19-4.   Harwood won by 8 runs.   Iluka v Lawrence   At Iluka Oval   Toss: Iluka   Iluka Innings   B James b O'Connor 11    G Ryan c Davis b O'Connor 22    D Bartlett lbw b O'Connor 6    J Lane c O'Connor b Moloney 5    A Daniels c Harrison b Moloney 30    C Kempshall c Quelch b HJ Ensbey 58    J Allen b Davis 15    B Anderson c Harrison b HJ Ensbey 11    Z Newton c Watterson b Davis 0    D Cowen c O'Connor b Davis 0    Extras (b 0, lb 2, w 3, nb 0) 5    Total: 163   Overs: 33.2   FoW: 1-23(B James) 2-36(G Ryan) 3-43(D Bartlett) 4-58(J Lane) 5-98(A Daniels) 6-148(J Allen) 7-156(C Kempshall) 8-159(Z Newton) 9-161(D Cowen) 10-163(B Anderson)    Bowling: B O'Connor 8-0-18-3, B Davis 7-1-34-3, L Moloney 5-0-36-2, HJ Ensbey 6.2-0-49-2, D Harrison 6-0-24-0.    Lawrence   L Moloney b Allen 0    HJ Ensbey c Daniels b Cowen 0    T Gerrard lbw b Cowen 7    L Ensbey c Ryan b Bartlett 14    B O'Connor c James b Cowen 10    R Watterson b Newton 4    B Davis c Bell b Bartlett 4    A Giffin c James b Bell 20    J Quelch c Kempshall b Newton 2    D Harrison c Kempshall b Bartlett 2    A Tory not out 0    Extras (b 1, lb 0, w 0, nb 1) 2    Total: 71   Overs: 20.3   FoW: 1-0(L Moloney) 2-0(HJ Ensbey) 3-7(T Gerrard) 4-23(B O'Connor) 5-43(R Watterson) 6-43(L Ensbey) 7-57(B Davis) 8-59(D Harrison) 9-61(J Quelch) 10-71(A Giffin)    Bowling: J Allen 6-1-15-1, D Cowen 4-1-20-3, D Bartlett 6-3-10-3, Z Newton 4-0-17-2, C Bell 0.3-0-8-1.   Iluka won by 92 runs   LCCA 3RD GRADE   Round 14   Iluka White 9/155(cc) (D Faddy 27, G Ayres 27, J Mutton 23, M Haydon 22*; J Gapps 3/25, D Page 2/25) def Iluka Red 146 (B Richards 52*, B Sevior 24, D Page 21, G Speirs 20; I Mutton 2/12, J Webster 2/14, J Duff 2/21); Maclean United 0/77 (N Clark 37*, J Micallef 28*) def Lawrence 71 (S Flannery 3/8, N Clark 2/13, T Jansen 2/17); Yamba 6/212(cc) (N Hollis 53*, C Hollis 51*, A Stillhard 51*; R Cameron 3/11) def Harwood Blue 8/204 (E Lewis 83, S Hogan 53*; J Angelo 3/28); Wanderers 9/171(cc) (S Causley 61*, B Gorman 41, D Williams 22*; Z Breckinridge 3/24, L White 2/19) def by Woodford Island Warriors Blue 7/174 (L White 58*, Z Breckinridge 45*, W Ross 43; T Bannerman 5/27); Woodford Island Warriors White 256 (T Ryan new 52, J Rainbow 52, M Ryan 46, W Paul 36, D Lollback 27; TM Thurlow 3/37, S Colby 2/27, C Tabor 2/33) def Harwood Gold 129 (Z McMahon 33, C Vallette 20; D Lollback 2/10, R Fischer 2/12, G Hartley 2/20).  


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