COUNTRY CRICKET: Leading his side to his first victory as captain and scoring a match-winning century made Sunday's McDonald's Country Cup match doubly sweet for Jake Kroehnert.
"It's one of my favourite innings," Kroehnert said of his 102 against Lismore at Ellem Oval on Sunday.
In total Clarence River scored 7/274.
"It was my first win as captain and to get a ton as well made it pretty special," Kroehnert said.
His form on Sunday came as a surprise to him.
"I hadn't been hitting them too well, but on Sunday it started to happen for me. On Saturday I was really scratchy, but managed to stay in and get 48," he said.
When he won the toss, Kroehnert believed his team needed at least 250 to be competitive.
"It was a good wicket and a fast outfield," he said.
"One of the top four had to get a big score and it turned out to be me."
He praised all his batting partners for keeping the scoreboard ticking over, but singled out 15-year-old Eli Fahey. "All of them were good, I never felt any pressure coming from the other end," he said.
"Eli only got 12, but he turned the strike over all the time and looked like he was ready to go on with it.
"In the end the one he got out on was probably the best shot he hit.
"He cracked it back to the bowler who took a really good catch. He was definitely unlucky."
Having wickets in hand was also a bonus for CRCA.
"Players like Adam Elliott (43no) and Brayden Pardoe (37) were able to go out with a licence to have a go and it came off."
Lismore started its run chase in reasonable fashion with Lachlan Barnes (57) the mainstay at number three.
Several others made starts but the lack of a substantial partnership and run rate pressure eventually took a toll. Barnes was eventually run out by a superb direct hit from Fahey in his debut for the senior representative side.
At the 40-over mark Lismore's required run rate had risen to more than 10 an over, and tight bowling from spearhead Brad Chard (0 for 23 off 10) in his final spell ensured Lismore's tail never came close, finishing 61 runs short at 9 for 213.
It was an impressive representative debut from Brothers off-spinner Andy Kinnane, who netted 3 for 48 off his 10.
The other player on debut, Elliott, succumbed to a hamstring injury in the field, deepening the woes of his club side Coutts Crossing who are already without their other two strike bowlers Zac Page and Taj Dosanh through injury.
Clarence River will take on Tweed in the next round at Reg Dalton Oval in Kingscliff on Sunday, November 6.
This Sunday, October 30, marks the first round of the North Coast Cricket Council inter-District Competition with Clarence River set to take on arch rivals Lower Clarence at Ulmarra Showground.
MCDONALDS COUNTRY CUP
Clarence River v Lismore
At Ellem Oval, Sunday
Toss: Clarence River
Clarence River Innings
T Kroehnert run out 5
W Kerr c Hamshaw b Ward 13
J Kroehnert c Barnsley b Horseman 102
L Cox b Lee 5
E Fahey c and b Horseman 12
M Kroehnert c Langley b Horseman 19
B Pardoe c Hamshaw b Mitchell 37
A Elliott not out 43
B Chard not out 14
Extras (nb 4 w 18 b 0 lb 2) 24
SEVEN wickets for 274
FoW: 1-11(T Kroehnert) 2-42(W Kerr) 3-72(L Cox) 4-113(E Fahey) 5-148(M Kroehnert) 6-175(J Kroehnert) 7-251(B Pardoe)
Bowling: B Mitchell 10-1-22-1, R Horseman 10-1-65-2, K Warid 4-0-33-1, R Lee 8-0-38-1, D Hamshaw 8-1-59-1, L Hamshaw 4-0-25-0, D Pratt 6-1-30-0.
C Stahl c Chard b Blanch 26
B Cleaver c Cox b Kinnane 24
L Barnsley run out (Fahey) 57
D Vidler b M Kroehnert 15
N Langley c and b Weatherstone 19
D Pratt c Blanch b Pardoe 16
L Hamshaw b Weatherstone 0
K Warid c T Kroehnert b Kinnane 25
R Lee not out 17
B Mitchell c and b Kinnane 0
Extras (nb 5 2 8 b 0 lb 1) 14
NINE wickets for 213
FoW: 1-39(C Stahl) 2-74(B Cleaver) 3-98(D Vidler) 4-133(N Langley) 5-164(L Barnsley) 6-164(L Hamshaw) 7-176(D Pratt) 8-210(K Warid) 9-213(B Mitchell)
Bowling: B Chard 10-2-23-0, N Blanch 10-2-53-1, B Pardoe 8-1-31-1, A Kinnane 10-0-48-3, M Krtoehnert 6-0-30-1, J Weatherstone 6-0-27-2.
Clarence River won by 61 runs