Lower Clarences run machines face off
LCCA CRICKET: The Lower Clarence's top run machines go head to head today when Maclean United clash with the premiers, Wanderers at Yamba Oval, in a top-of-the-table encounter.
Wanderers' big hitting all rounder Brandon Honeybrook leads the run-making stats for the competition with 250 for the season so far.
But his main competition, United's veteran Dean Moran is just three runs behind him.
While their numbers are almost identical - they even share an identical top score of 70no - there's a stark contrast in styles, best characterised by Honeybrook's nickname of Bear.
Like his namesake, Honeybrook's game is all about attack.
With the bat it's all about domination as he goes after the bowling with massive blows to and over the fence.
Moran, by contrast is more the accountant, banking his runs with well-chosen shots, backed by a tight defence.
Wanderers will be keen to reverse the result from the meeting of the two teams when United well and truly pantsed them.
It was the game where Moran made his season-best score and United passed Wanderers 145 (Honeybrook scored 32 of them) for the loss of just three wickets.
The state of the Yamba wicket could also influence the outcome.
The surface has been tricky this season with many batsmen finding it hard to bat for long periods.
Which style of batting will this favour?
Analysts from the "fortune favours the brave” school will say it's best to go after the bowling rather than go into your shell until a ball with your name on it comes along.
But the Moran approach also has its backers for tough wickets.
Playing the ball late and minimising risks can frustrate bowlers expecting wickets to tumble quickly.
As bowlers try harder to find wicket taking balls, they find themselves erring.