LONG STRIDES: Iluka bowler Chris Cowan puts in the big effort in Iluka’s do-or-die victory against Lawrence at the weekend.
LONG STRIDES: Iluka bowler Chris Cowan puts in the big effort in Iluka’s do-or-die victory against Lawrence at the weekend. Debrah Novak

Iluka still dreaming of finals cricket

ILUKA V LAWRENCE: The dream of playing finals cricket this season remains alive and well for the Iluka first grade side after they leapfrogged Lawrence on the competition ladder at the weekend.

Despite the Lawrence openers getting off to a decent start to the innings, an uncomprimising performance from the Iluka bowlers restricted the Lawrence side to only 108 off their 40 overs.

Iluka captain Dave Cowan praised his bowlers, especially medium-pacer Zac Newton who took a five-wicket haul at regular intervals to stop Lawrence gaining momentum from partnerships.

"They were all pretty keen to get the job done on the weekend to give us a chance at the finals," Cowan said. "Zac and Dean [Bartlett] have been bowling well in tandem all season but usually it is Dean who picks up the scalps but I guess it was Zac's turn this week.

"They have been doing it all season for us they just seem to complement each other well. They are both reasonably accurate medium-pacers, they are bowling four or five an over in the right areas and batsman get a bit tied down and go to the rash shot, which generates wickets."

Aidan Daniels and Peter Duncombe got the Iluka side off to a strong start in their run chase before mid-innings rot had Cowan chewing his finger nails off.

"All the boys heading out there were in high spirits, but I pulled them aside before it and gave a bit of a speech to let them know what we were playing for," Cowan said. "When a couple of guys let their wickets go in succession in the middle order I was getting a little bit antsy but I had put myself down the order just in case it happened.

"We had young Duffy come in at the end and I have been stirring him as being the finisher in recent weeks and between him and myself we just put our heads down and got on with the task. We just stayed calm and collected and put the bad ball away when it came.

"We are still in there with a chance of making finals, especially if it rains. The poor Lawrence blokes were really dejected at the end of it, walking off with sunken heads."



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