Lower Clarence through to final four in Country Plate
A LAST minute inclusion proved handy for Lower Clarence on Sunday.
Brandon Honeybrook's transfer from Clarence Valley club Coutts Crossing to Wanderers was only approved within an hour of the start of Sunday's Country Plate quarterfinal between Lower Clarence and Inverell, according to Lower Clarence wicket keeper and president Tim McMahon.
"He wasn't going to play unless it came up on mycricket," McMahon said.
"It was there at about 9am on Sunday morning."
Honeybrook smashed 39 late in Lower Clarence's innings and produced a tidy spell of 1 for 11 off 4 overs with the ball.
However, it wasn't without controversy. In a fiery contest Honeybrook and Inverell's captain Jeremy Baxter were put on report for incidents in the game.
A decision to send in Lower Clarence backfired on Inverell in the match at Harwood Oval.
Opener Matt Young scored 59 before lower order batsmen Corey Kempshall (43) and Honeybrook helped boost the total in the latter overs to finish on 236.
Ben McMahon (3 for 37 off 8) and Kempshall (3 for 39 off 10) led the charge with the ball. Despite a 43-run last wicket stand, Inverell fell 33 runs short of the required target.
"We bowled at the stumps, kept sundries down and gave them nothing," McMahon said.
Lower Clarence join hosts Cootamundra, Forbes and Eurobodalla in the semi-finals to be played on December 28.
The final will be played the following day.
"We're still a young side but they're pretty passionate and good to see they're prepared to travel," McMahon said.
"After going to the finals in Yass last year we know what it's about now."
Meanwhile in the other tiers, Ballina followed on from its win over Clarence Valley, defeating Hastings Valley to book a place in the semi-finals at Cowra.
In the Country Cup, the last remaining North Coast team Coffs Harbour was knocked out by heavyweights Tamworth.