BEAR ON THE PROWL: Lower Clarence strike bowler Brandon
BEAR ON THE PROWL: Lower Clarence strike bowler Brandon "Bear” Honeybrook bowled a tight line against Tamworth Old Boys. Matthew Elkerton

Lower Clarence trounce Old Boys in Country Plate knockout

COUNTRY CRICKET: Lower Clarence stormed into the quarter-finals of the Country Plate representative knockout on the back of a superb effort from their bowling attack.

Lower Clarence looked in danger after being held to just 9-205, but the bowlers stepped up at Harwood Oval, ripping through the Tamworth Old Boys batting line-up for 119.

The Lower Clarence top order struggled to fire apart from a dogged 32 from Harwood opener Darrell Simmons.

After losing Doug Harris (1), Mark Ensbey (10) and Ben McMahon (10) in quick succession Old Boys were on top with Lower struggling at 4-61. Enter Brandon Honeybrook who made his intentions clear by smoking the first delivery he faced back past the bowler for four. But even the clean-hitting Honeybrook could only manage 29 before being caught on the rope.

Lower Clarence were reeling at 6-109 before powerful hitting fromf Corey Kempshall (43) and contributions from Hayden McMahon (30) and Daley Durrant (16 not out) helped dig the home side out of trouble and set a defendable total.

The bowling attack quickly demonstrated why Lower are considered genuine threats in the Country Plate. Honeybrook led the charge with 4 for 25 off 10 overs, supported by Daley Durrant (1 for 28 off 8), Jacob McMahon (1 for 21 off 6), Ben McMahon (1 for 9 off 2), Luke Many (2 for 4 off 1.4) cleaning up the tail and even Harwood veteran Mark Ensbey (1 for 4 off 1) chipping in to nab an early breakthrough.



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