Iluka, Wanderers in winning form to start the season
TWO outstanding all-round performances have steered Iluka to a stuttering three-wicket win in the Lower Clarence Cricket Association match against Harwood.
Dean Bartlett and Corey Kempshall found the Harwood wicket to their liking as they spearheaded their team to victory.
Bartlett, batting at first drop, hit 36 after taking 2-22 in the Harwood innings.
Kempshall took 3-19 off his eight overs then hit up 34 in the run chase.
But Iluka can probably thank one-game ring in Rob Thomas for the points as the team plummeted from 1-50 to 7-100 chasing Harwood's 124.
Thomas, who was home on leave from the army for the weekend, held the tail together with 23 not out.
Veteran Dave Cowen celebrated his first game back in LCCA for some time with 2-18 and a vital 11 not out as he and Thomas saw the team home.
Harwood was only able to manage a moderate total thanks to a trio of youngsters who held the innings together.
Lachlan Johnson, 25, Damien Ashby, 24 and Dylan Causley, 15, stopped the early rout and gave their bowlers something to defend.
WANDERERS snatched a thrilling six-run win from Yamba in the other LCCA first grade game at Barry Watts Oval.
Chasing Wanderers 175, Yamba finished at 9-169 when their overs ran out.
Joel Petrie with 48 headed a team effort which gave his team a winning total. Andrew McLachlan with 30 and Dan Galloway with 19 were the next best.
Troy Urquhart was at his brilliant best with 66 as Yamba tried to chase down the Wanderers' total.
Galloway rounded out a fine match with a superb display of bowling to finish with 5-24.
For Yamba Kallen Lawrence also had a good game with 22 with the bat and 3-30 with the ball.
Yamba's James O'Keefe also picked up three wickets, taking 3-33 from eight overs.