Clarence River claims Neil Frame Shield
NEIL FRAME SHIELD: In a final that came down to the wire, the Clarence River Cricket Association Over-40s side defeated Coffs Harbour to claim the Neil Frame Shield.
It is the second time in three years for the Clarence River side who put in a tough bowling effort to restrict Coffs Harbour to 182 off their 40 overs.
Coutts Crossing batsman Craig Woods was awarded the player of the final after his 48 helped The Clarence River side to reach the total with one wicket to spare.
"We won the toss and elected to bowl because there was a bit of rain in the morning and the pitch looked pretty hard to bat on," Woods said.
"We felt pretty confident chasing that total but it didn't get off to a good start after we lost a wicket on the first ball."
Brett Pardoe along with Woods helped consolidate the Clarence River innings but after notching individual 40s both batsman were forced to retire as per rules of the game.
But after another late-innings collapse the two returned to the crease to steer their side home.
"Brett batted the best out there," Woods said.