LCCA CRICKET: James anchors Iluka ship in cruisy win
LCCA CRICKET: Seasoned opener Brendan James played a steady hand at the top of the innings for Iluka as they made short work of a dismal Lawrence batting performance at Iluka Oval.
Tasked with chasing down 96 in the Maclean Bowling Club First Grade fifth round clash James was measured with bat in hand scoring an unbeaten 23 as Iluka reached the target in 26 overs.
A brief 24-run cameo from representative all-rounder Corey Kempshall including 22 runs coming in one over against Martin Kelsall helped the scoreboard ticking over before Jared Barber (32 not out) finished off the run chase for the home side.
"It was a really good win for our side," Iluka captain Dave Cowan said. "Brendan was very patient at the crease. He only scored 23 runs but he was out there for more than 20 overs.
"The top order did their job as they pushed back the ones on the stumps and dispatched the bad balls into the field for runs."
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A side that has seen terrible batting collapses in the past, including an all-out for nine against Wanderers last season, Cowan was happy to see his batsman not willing to give away their wickets despite a small total to chase.
"It was good to give Jared Barber a bit of a hit," Cowan said. "He dispatched the right balls and played very sensibly to close out the victory.
"He has a bit of a back injury at the moment which is stopping him from bowling, but I was impressed with his effort in the nets and was happy to promote him up the order."
Iluka medium pacer Zac Newton (5 for 14 off 6) did all the damage with the ball in hand picking up his first five wicket haul of the 2016/17 season.
Newton consistently put the ball on the right line and length forcing the Lawrence batsmen into false shots as the runs began to dry up.
Up and coming Lawrence tweaker Hayden Ensbey worked hard to start his innings before cutting loose for the first time and providing a screamer for Cowan at silly mid-off.
Cowan barely had a second to react with the cherry sticking nin the right paw for what is being described as the 'catch of the season' so far.
"There was a little bit of sideways movement for our bowlers but it was just a good effort in the field from our boys.
"The ball just kept going to hand. Young Ensbey was a little bit unlucky as well. He hit it pretty firmly and I just stuck out the hand in hope.
"The boys were saying they don't think anyone will be able to top that this season."
Jason Allen (2 for 10 off 6) opened the attack for Iluka with some fire before the elongated off-spinning action of Chris Bell (2 for 18 off 3) cleaned up the middle order.
NEXT ROUND: Maclean United v Iluka at Yamba Oval Turf; Lawrence v Wanderers at Barry Watts Turf; Harwood v bye
ILUKA V LAWRENCE
At Iluka Oval Turf
Umpires: Dave Whitby
HJ Ensbey c Cowan b Newton 3
D Harrison not out 41
S Harrison b Newton 4
B O'Connor b Cowan 0
R Watterson b Allen 0
A Giffin lbw b Bell 14
B Davis c Cowan b Newton 0
A Tory c Bartlett b Allen 11
P Carr c Ryan b Bell 0
MM Kelsall b Newton 10
T Whitby c Allen b Cowan 6
Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 7, nb 0) 7
FoW: 1-0(R Watterson) 2-19(T Whitby) 3-21(MM Kelsall) 4-21(B O'Connor) 5-27(S Harrison) 6-45(HJ Ensbey) 7-45(B Davis) 8-69(A Giffin) 9-73(P Carr) 10-96(A Tory)
Bowling: J Allen 6-0-10-2, C Kempshall 6-0-19-0, Z Newton 6-0-14-4, D Cowan 3-0-9-2, D Bartlett 5-0-26-0, C Bell 4-0-18-2
B James not out 23
G Ryan c Davis b O'Connor 5
C Kempshall c D Harrison b 24
J Barber not out 32
Extras (b 0, lb 1, w 8, nb 8) 17
TWO wickets for 101
Bowling: R Watterson 1-0-1-0, T Whitby 2-0-14-0, MM Kelsall 2-0-32-1, B O'Connor 3-2-1-1, HJ Ensbey 2-0-6-0, S Harrison 7-3-12-0, D Harrison 5-1-16-0, B Davis 4-1-5-0, P Carr 1-0-11-0
ILUKA won first innings by eight wickets