WILLOW WONDER: GDSC Easts' all-rounder Jackson Grieve batting for Clarence River last season.
WILLOW WONDER: GDSC Easts' all-rounder Jackson Grieve batting for Clarence River last season. Bill North

Grieve caps successful week to lead rep side to victory

JUNIOR CRICKET: Clarence River junior Jackson Grieve has capped off a successful week on the cricket field.

The leg-spinning all-rounder added to his dominant century in club cricket last Friday with a strong victory as captain of the Clarence River Under-16 representative side in North Coast Inter-District action.

Grieve was unstoppable for Westlawn in the All River Colts competition against a combined Woodford Island-Tucabia Copmanhurst side at JJ Lawrence as he blasted 13 fours on his way to 110.

He put on 110 runs for the fifth wicket alongside Angus Hebblewhite (21) while opener Jacob Ellis earlier scored 69 as the side amassed 254 against their depleted opposition.

Grieve was 'stoked' if not a little exhausted when he was the final wicket to fall.

"It was awesome but I was pretty tired by the end of it," he said. "I was out there for about 22 overs so I was ready for a sit down."

While Grieve missed out for GDSC Easts on Saturday when bowled for a duck by Tucabia Copmanhurst spearhead Brad Chard in GDSC Premier League, he backed it up with the willow on Sunday, leading Clarence River to a dominant victory against arch rivals Lower Clarence, again at JJ Lawrence.

Grieve said his Clarence River side had set a foolproof plan for the Lower Clarence batsman and followed it to a tee, bowling the visitors out for 54 in the 27th over.

Jacob Ellis led the charge taking 4 for 8 off 6 overs including four maidens, while left arm off spinner Hayden Ensbey took 3 for 8 off 7.3, with captain Ashley Moss (26) the only batsman to reach double figures for Lower Clarence.

"We just bowled really good lines that were hard to get away," he said. "We had a plan to just bowl top of off and keep consistency with the bowling.

"We tied their opener up for a few overs and it frustrated him into going for the run and we were able to get the run out and it went from there.

"The boys were really tight in the field - there was only one dropped catch throughout the day which was great to see."

While it wasn't exactly pretty, the run chase was comfortable enough with Ben Shipman top scoring on 16 and Nick Lawson 14 not out in a five-wicket victory for Clarence River after Cooper Many (2 for 8 off 5) sent some doubts through the batsmen's minds.

The victory now sees Clarence River take on Nambucca  in the Inter-District final on December 11. Their round one clash was washed out.

Grieve has been pegged as a future leader for a number of years with the 15-year-old also engaging in junior coaching for GDSC Easts Under-10s in the Milo In2Cricket program which he runs with his mate Jacob Ellis.

Grieve said he got his coaching nous from his dad who spent a lot of time perfecting his game growing up.

"I like being able to give back to cricket and teaching the next kids what I know."

Gallagher bag not enough for Clarence River Under-14s

In other junior representative action on Sunday a five-wicket haul for Jordan Gallagher (5 for 10 off 6) was not enough for Clarence River against Lower Clarence in Under-14s at Lower Fisher Turf.

Gallagher sent shockwaves through Lower Clarence's top order, at one stage 5 for 23. However, the visitors were able to stage a mini fightback with Tom Mullins (13) applying himself at the crease with quickfire support from Tom Thurlow (16) and Kai Watterson (18) before Thomas Gallagher (13no) propped the total up to 86.

In reply, Clarence River could only manage exactly half the required total, skittled for just 43 with Isaac Ellis (9) top scoring. Josh Johnson (3 for 8 off 5), Alyssa Luland (2 for 9 off 4) and Jonah Menzies (2 for 9 off 4) led the way with the ball for Lower Clarence.

Both sides missed out on the final with Nambucca Bellingen set to host Coffs Harbour in the December 11 decider.

Low scoring affair in Under-12s

It was another low scoring affair in Under 12s with Clarence River escaping with a four-wicket victory over Lower Clarence on the Lower Fisher Synthetic.

Only Jimmy Corbett (11) could manage double figures for Lower Clarence as Keaton Stutt cleaned up with the ball, taking 4 for 11 of 7 overs including three maidens. William Simmons pitched in with 2 for 11 of 3 while Tyron Paxton (3 ofr 7 off 1.3) polished the tail.

Keaton Stutt starred for Clarence River Under-12s with 80 not out and three wickets against Nambucca-Bellingen in round one of the North Coast Cricket Council Inter-District competition on Sunday, 23rd October, 2016.
Keaton Stutt starred for Clarence River Under-12s with 80 not out and three wickets against Nambucca-Bellingen in round one of the North Coast Cricket Council Inter-District competition on Sunday, 23rd October, 2016.
 

Stutt (13) and William Lucas (16) were Clarence River's mainstays with the bat.

However, the Brett Pardoe-coached Clarence River side missed out on a spot in the Inter-District final on net run-rate. Undefeated Coffs Harbour will host the decider against Nambucca Bellinge, who scraped in ahead of Lower Clarence and Clarence River after all three sides finished on nine competition points with one win apiece.



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