Wanderers ready to take on Grafton's grand-final winners

WANDERERS have been crowned Lower Clarence Cricket Association premiers after demolishing Yamba in a lopsided grand final at Iluka Oval on Saturday.

Their taste for success however has not been satisfied and they have issued a challenge to the winners of the Grafton competition.

Wanderers captain Darrell Simmons is confident his side can match any team in the Clarence River Cricket Association and is eager to play the CRCA grand final winners in a 50-over match post-season to prove it.

The bold challenge comes after Wanderers annihilated Yamba in Saturday's first-grade grand final, bundling them out for a meagre 58.

Simmons (38 not out) and fellow opener Bri Hourigan (20 not out) then steered Wanderers to victory without the loss of a wicket, triggering celebrations earlier than expected.

"Our bowlers were the stars," Simmons said.

"Nathan Essex bowled the fast- est spell I've seen in a long time. He finished with 4-27 but a lot of those runs came off edges over slips."

Josh Gorman (2-6), Simon Harrison (2-7) and Matt Snape (1-6) also produced tidy figures for Wanderers.

"Yamba basically had to try and hang in there from the start of the innings; that's how good our bowl- ing was," Simmons said.

"It's probably the first time this year we really went at the opposition full steam."

While they have achieved grand final success, the Wanderers are hoping their season is not over just yet.

Simmons is adamant his side would provide stiff opposition for the CRCA winners and if the challenge is accepted, the post-season match would be a great spectacle.

Simmons was at Ellem Oval yesterday observing the possible opposition as Harwood and Coutts played off for a grand-final spot against Tucabia Copmanhurst.

In the lower LCCA divisions, Warriors won the second-grade title, while Brushgrove claimed third grade.



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