United firebrand rises to top of wicket takers ranks
WANDERERS V MACLEAN UTD: A strict bowling regiment spearheaded by the lethal Nathan Williams has helped Maclean United to the outright lead of the LCCA Maclean Bowling Club First Grade competition after they dismantled Wanderers more than 100 runs short of the target.
After Williams took his first five wicket haul of the season, Wanderers finished all-out for 112 as they chased 220 runs for victory at Yamba Oval.
It was a day that could not have started better for the Wanderers when they won the toss and quickly put United into bat on what appeared to be a sticky deck.
But a defiant second wicket stand between Dean Moran (29) and Alex Moffit (39) saw off the Wanderers opening bowlers and laid the platform for some late innings power hitting from captain Jarrad Moran (25) and Glenn Clark (45).
"The boys got through a stage at the start of the innings where the ball was doing a fair bit,” Moran said.
"We just stuck in and kept the defence tight and were only 70 odd at drinks before we began to accelerate.”
Maclean finished their innings with a late flurry of runs as they passed the 200 run mark to give their bowlers a total to defend.
As has become a custom for the dominant Wanderers outfit they took the long handle to the United attack from the first ball but with great reward came a lot of risk for the batting side.
"Everyone sort of came out an looked like they were going to tear us apart, they were hitting sixes and fours from the word go,” Moran said. "They have made a name for themselves with that aggressive style.
"I just said to our bowlers to maintain their lines, keep their heads up and just make sure the come back ball was in the right area.”
The advice from the young captain appeared to work a treat for the bowling unit as the fielding side took most chances that came their way and the bowlers tore through the line up.
Williams (5 for 47 off 8) was well supported by a lightning fast Jake Causley (3 for 15 off 5) and Nathan Anderson (1 for 14 off 5) and now climbs to the top of the leading wicket takers board overtaking luckless pace partner Glenn Clark.
With the bye next weekend Maclean United will lead the competition into the Christmas break but Moran admitted it had not been a "talking point” for the side.
MACLEAN UNITED V WANDERERS
At Yamba Oval Turf
Maclean United 1st Innings
D MORAN lbw b J Peterie 29
M WOODWARD c T Peterie b Causley 8
A Moffitt b Honeybrook 39
D McColl lbw b Honeybrook 17
J Moran c Honeybrook b J Peterie 25
G Clark b Boyd 45
J Causley not out 26
N Williams not out 11
Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 2, nb 3) 8
SIX wickets for 219
Bowling: B Honeybrook 8-1-18-2, J Peterie 8-0-42-2, D Causley 4-1-16-1, AG Boyd 8-1-49-1, B Emanuel 2-0-20-0, D Galloway 3-0-31-0, T Simpson 7-0-40-0
Wanderers 1st Innings
B Emanuel c McColl b Williams 13
s bowers b Williams 2
T Peterie c Moffitt b Williams 9
B Honeybrook c Causley b Williams 17
J Peterie b Causley 31
D Causley c G Clark b Williams 5
J Plater lbw b Causley 8
D Galloway c & b Anderson 10
AG Boyd lbw b Causley 0
T Simpson not out 1
Extras (b 6, lb 1, w 6, nb 3) 16
NINE wickets (all-out) for 112
FoW: 1-15(bowers) 2-17(Emanuel) 3-42(Peterie) 4-58(Honeybrook) 5-75(Causley) 6-87(Peterie) 7-91(Plater) 8-98(Boyd) 9-112(Galloway)
Bowling: N Williams 8-0-47-5, J Causley 5-0-15-3, N Anderson 4-0-14-1, G Clark 6-0-27-0
- MACLEAN United won first innings by 107 runs.
NEXT WEEKEND: Round 10 - Harwood v Wanderers at Harwood Cricket Ground; Lawrence v Iluka at Iluka Oval Turf; Maclean United v bye