United young gun touted as one to watch
LCCA CRICKET: Maclean United captain Jarrad Moran has touted emerging all-rounder Dylan Clark as a leader of the future after the 15-year-old held his nerve to steer his side to victory in Lower Clarence First Grade on Saturday.
Clark (11no) managed to negotiate Iluka paceman Dean Bartlett (3 for 14 off 6) as he and Moran (20no) made short work of Iluka's 73-run total to win by six wickets on a tricky Yamba Oval wicket.
"The pitch did a bit for us to begin with and then flattened out nicely for us to chase the runs down on," Moran said.
Nathan Williams (3 for 28 off 8) and Glenn Clark (2 for 23 off 5) kept a tight line and length to claim several early scalps with the new ball before Jake Causley (3 for 11 off 4.4) came in and rattled the middle order.
"Jake is bowling the best I have ever seen from him," Moran said. "I think he is pushing for a mid-season rep call up."
While Glenn Clark missed out on the wicket of former Brushgrove teammate Brendan James, who was run out for 2, he did manage to snare the wicket of another former teammate Gary Ryan (3) - and he let the opener know about it.
"I may have given him a bit of a 'yeehaa' as he walked off the pitch," Clark said.
Iluka's Brett Anderson (17) and Jason Allen (10) mounted a minor fight back for the visitors but it was in vain as 18-year-old Causley wrapped up the tail before the drinks break.
Moran admitted it was a difficult task for his batsmen with players caught in two minds as to how they should chase the low total.
United openers Dean Moran (12) and Michael Woodward (24) got off to a good start before Bartlett came on to do some damage.
Youngster Clark who was promoted up the order to No.4 and showed maturity beyond his years as he helped his side to the target in the 17th over.
"I was really impressed with how Dylan batted out there," Jarrad Moran said.
"I knew he could bat and he is a handy little cricketer, and one of our senior blokes said 'what do you think about putting him up the order' and I said 'definitely'.
"I have him down as one of our real players of the future."
Earlier in the contest Dean Moran wound back the clock to take a screamer at leg gully with the veteran going 'fully horizontal'.
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MACLEAN UNITED V ILUKA
At Yamba Oval Turf
Toss: Maclean United
Umpires: Steve Cameron, Jimmy Simmons
Iluka 1st Innings
B James run out 2
G Ryan b 3
A Daniels c ? b 2
J Lane c ? b 15
J Barber c ? b 4
D Bartlett lbw b 9
B Anderson b 17
J Allen b 10
Z Newton c ? b 1
D Cowen b 0
C Bell not out 2
Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 4, nb 4) 8
ALL-OUT for 73
Bowling: N Williams 8-0-28-3, J Causley 4.4-0-11-3, G Clark 5-0-23-2, N Anderson 2-0-10-1
Maclean United 1st Innings
D Moran c James b Bartlett 12
M Woodward c & b Daniels 24
C Moran c Barber b Bartlett 3
D Clark not out 11
A Moffitt lbw b Bartlett 0
J Moran not out 20
Extras (b 1, lb 0, w 4, nb 0) 5
FOUR wickets for 77
Bowling: J Allen 4-0-20-0, Z Newton 2-0-11-0, D Cowen 1-0-4-0, D Bartlett 6-0-14-3, A Daniels 3-0-10-1, C Bell 1-0-7-0, B Anderson 0.5-0-10-0
** MACLEAN United won first innings by six wickets.