Victory gained after rescue mission from Iluka pair
IN ANY OTHER game you would have expected Iluka pair Corey Kempshall and Dean Bartlett to notch a half century each.
Kempshall and Bartlett staged a rescue mission not unlike Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen's attempt on Sunday, guiding their team out of trouble and steering them to a respectable position.
Like the English pair, they both have the ability to go on with the job, and had the potential to register triple figures.
Unlike the Poms however, Kempshall and Bartlett's innings did not come to an end because of a silly shot or having their stumps uprooted - they successfully guided their team to victory.
"They scored the highest partnership we've had all summer," Iluka captain Greg Speirs.
"They didn't do anything silly. They waited for those bad balls and picked them off."
Both batsmen finished unbeaten on 48 and 45 respectively, sharing a 90+ run partnership to overcome Wanderers' total of 132.
Wanderers batted first at the Barry Watts Oval pitch, and were restricted by superb bowling from Iluka's Zac Newton, Simon Farrell and Kempshall.
Iluka's reply got off to a shaky start, falling to 3-30 to give Wanderers a sniff of victory.
"It was a pretty good bounce back to form for us," Speirs said.
"We had a loss and then a washout so it hasn't been great the last few weeks.
"We've got the bye next week so to go into the break after a win is quite good for us."
They face Harwood the following week (December 21), before the competition breaks for the Christmas-New Year holiday.
Wanderers face Harwood next week, before the second grand final replay against Yamba.