ON FIRE: Former Clarence River batsman Luke Cox came within five runs of his first representative century.
ON FIRE: Former Clarence River batsman Luke Cox came within five runs of his first representative century. Matthew Elkerton

Cox guides Coffs to dominance

REP CRICKET: Former Clarence River cricketer Luke Cox renewed his long-standing rivalry with Lower Clarence at the weekend when he smashed his way to 95, as his Coffs Harbour representative side finished on 6-301 after 50 overs.

Cox, who came to the crease with his side at 2-127 after a strong start from Trent Mitchell (63) and Richie Gallichan (69), took full advantage of a flat wicket and short leg side boundary to punish any wayward bowling from the Lower Clarence attack.

"Coxy did bat real well, but I'm sure we had him plumb in front for about three runs, but the umpire didn't see it that way,”

Lower captain Ben McMahon said.

"I know that's just the way cricket can be sometimes but it could have cost us a trip to the final.”

Facing down a run-a-ball run chase, Lower Clarence opener Nathan Ensbey took to the Coffs Harbour bowling attack.

Ensbey hit 11 fours and a six on his way to a dominant century, but it was the wickets falling around him that proved the difference.

"We were really on target to chase them down,” McMahon said.

"When Nath and I were at the crease we were actually ahead of the run rate, but we just kept losing wickets at bad times.

"And in a run chase as big as that, it really kills you.”

Lower Clarence will now have to defeat reigning champion Nambucca Valley in the final round and rely on Clarence River to defeat Coffs Harbour if it is to scrape into the final.



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