Brad Chard took 3-33 for Clarence River against Coffs Harbour.
Brad Chard took 3-33 for Clarence River against Coffs Harbour.

Coffs bowlers too tough

COFFS Harbour handed Clarence River a cricketing lesson in the second round of the SCG Country Cup on Sunday.

Clarence River's inexperienced batting line-up had no answers against a red-hot Coffs Harbour bowling attack, slumping to be all out for just 107.

In reply Coffs was three down when it passed its opposition's total.

Captain Mick Summers did his best to ignite his team's innings with a defiant 55. He and Chris Cleaver (10) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Trent Stratham (4-23) and Troy Herbert (3-21) did most of the damage on a wicket that provided plenty of sideways movement.

Clarence River captain Mick Summers admitted his team was simply outgunned on the day.

"All their bowlers bowled a good line and length and there was a bit in the deck," Summers said.

"The ball was moving about a bit off the pitch and through the air. It was hard going. My 50 was very scratchy. They were probably the best side I've come up against and outplayed us."

Summers said his strike bowler and under-19 Australian representative Brad Chard was the pick of the Clarence River bowlers.

"Chardy bowled well and grabbed a wicket in his first over. He was definitely our best bowler," he said.

The Coutts Crossing spearhead snared 3-33, with Matt Rose (37 not out) and Nic Rowe (44 not out) scoring the bulk of the runs for Coffs.



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