Quick game a good game

CLARENCE River Cricket Association (CRCA) first XI representative side has produced a lightning-quick display to destroy Bellinger Valley Cricket Association representative side by 10 wickets at Ellem Oval yesterday.

In the year's most lopsided match, CRCA first XI had dismissed Bellinger Valley for 66 runs and then chased the winning total down in just 40 minutes.

Bellinger Valley won the toss, but that is where its luck finished with the squad heading back South with the sun still high overhead.

Only two of Bellinger Valley batsmen, Phil Simpson (14) and Toby Francis (13), were able to score more than 10 runs, with the CRCA bowlers ripping through the line-up with ludicrous ease.

“We didn't bowl as well as we could have,” CRCA first XI captain Matt Pigg said.

“We bowled a lot of loose deliveries, but inside those loose deliveries were wicket-taking balls.”

All the CRCA bowlers chimed in, but Chris Adamson had the most fun plundering 4/19 off six overs.

Openers Pigg (35no) and Brendan Purser (29no) had little time to work up a sweat, taking just under 11 overs to put the mismatched encounter to bed.

“None of the opposition respected their wickets ... they never took control,” Pigg said.

“From what I saw they weren't a strong side.

“(But) we were very professional and did a lot of things right.”

  •  MEANWHILE the Lower Clarence Cricket Association (LCCA) representative side has failed to overcome a massive run target set by Coffs Harbour at the Yamba Oval yesterday.

The visitors used all its lives to build a 270-run score with the LCCA first XI succumbing 69 runs short of the target.

“We dropped about seven or eight catches ... that really hurt us,” Luke Many said.

“Our openers started really well but then we had a middle order collapse.

Many said the 270-run target was not quite in his teams grasp and it would have taken a monumental effort for the squad to reach this years final.

“That's life ... we'll just have to wait till next year,” he said.

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