Harwood surprise packets in LCCA Team of the Week
CRICKET: Earlier this week we introduced the first GDSC Premier League Team of the Week featuring the best players from the latest round of Clarence River Cricket Association's flagship competition.
Now it's time to highlight the best of the best from Lower Clarence Cricket Association with the inaugural Maclean Bowling Club First Grade Team of the Week.
Some names in this list come, such as Maclean United mainstay Dean Moran and Wanderers all-rounder Brandon Honeybrook, can expect to appear in this segment regularly throughout the season. Others may come as more of a surprise, including a brigade of players from Harwood who were robbed of their second victory of the season when bad weather stopped play late in their match against United.
Read on below to find out who makes the cut this week:
LCCA 1ST GRADE TEAM OF THE WEEK
1. DANE MITCHELL - Harwood
A shoe-in. MItchell announced his comeback to Lower Clarence Cricket stage with a dominant 82 in setting up Harwood's best batting display of the season of 8 for 201.
Sadly, the side's chances of picking up their second win of the season were ruined by the weather at Yamba Oval.
2. CARLY LEESON - Harwood
Involved in 41-run opening partnership with Dane Mitchell in possibly her last appearance in the Lower Clarence First Grade competition before joining the Sydney Sixers camp for the 2016/17 Women's Big Bash League.
Leeson will be hoping to get the call up to make her debut for the Sixers when they get their campaign underway at North Sydney Oval this Sunday against Brisbane Heat, who will feature former Sixer and Grafton junior Kara Sutherland, who joined the Queensland side this season.
3. STEPHEN TIMMS - Harwood
The third in a new-look triumvirate in the Harwood top order who collectively took the total to 1 for 148, Timms was eventually run out for 33 looking to push the runrate.
4. DEAN MORAN - Maclean United
Normally an opening batsman, for the purposes of this week's side Moran slides down to the protected four position so as not to disrupt the excelling Harwood top three, and to provide experience in the middle order. Moran scored 35 not out before the match against Harwood was abandoned at drinks.
5. BRANDON HONEYBROOK - Wanderers (c)
As has become the norm this season, the left-handed Honeybrook starred with bat and ball in Wanderers' seven-wicket win over Iluka. Honeybrook took 1 for 14 off 7 with the new ball before crunching 70 not out with the bat.
6. ALEX MOFFITT - Maclean United
Scored an impressive 33 not out in an unbroken 75-run stand with his senior batting partner Moran.
7. JOEL PETERIE - Wanderers (wk)
His score of 19 may not look much in a total of 3 for 107, but Wanderers did take just 15.1 overs to reach Iluka's total of 106 and he joined Honeybrook at the crease with the score at 2 for 49.
8. ANDREW WHITESIDE - Maclean United
Was the pick of the bowlers on a tough day in the field for United. Whiteside took 3 for 17 off 6 overs late in the innings while his important run out of Stephen Timms ended Harwood's 107-run 2nd wicket stand.
Normally an opening batsman, the fact he failed to trouble the scorers with the bat (0) sees Whiteside slide down the order as an all-rounder for the Team of the Week.
9. MARK VALLETTE - Harwood
May have only picked up one wicket against United, but it was the vital wicket of Andrew Whiteside. He backed it up with two maidens in his spell of 1 for 21 off 7 overs, helping build runrate pressure on United, who still needed 127 to win off 120 balls when played was halted.
10. TOM SIMPSON - Wanderers
Starred with the ball to take 4 for 13 off 5 overs against Iluka.
11. ADRIAN BOYD - Wanderers
The strike bowler tore through Iluka taking 4 for 12 off 6.3 overs.
* No Iluka players were named because their scores had not been entered into MyCricket at the time the Team of the Week was compiled.