Wanderers win fourth LCCA premiership in five seasons
WANDERERS have once again been crowned First Grade champions of the Lower Clarence Cricket Association after stifling the Harwood run chase with tight bowling.
Despite batting out their overs during their run chase Harwood never got close to the target score falling more than 100 runs shy of the Wanderers total.
It was a day for Brandon 'Bear' Honeybrook who top scored for Wanderers with 64 including a 53-run stand with all-rounder Dylan Causley to get the side to 188 off its 40 overs.
But it was what Bear achieved with the ball in hand that turned the grand final match-up in Wanderers' favour.
Opening the bowling, Honeybrook bowled consistent line and length to trouble the Harwood batsmen, and finished with figures of 2-7 off eight overs with half his overs going scoreless.
Wanderers captain Joel Peterie could not praise his team enough after their fourth Lower Clarence premierhsip in five years.
"Everything just went to plan out on the field," Peterie said. "It was great to be a part of.
"The bowling attack for a long time has been our key weapon and we have known that, but this year a few of us have got together as a batting group - and we said if we bat our 40 overs then they can't touch us.
"Everyone knows our key batters are the Honeybrook boys, but to see the side take it upon themselves is great. It is up to everyone to chip in and they did this weekend."
But Bear's efforts did not go unnoticed by the Wanderers captain who believes a representative guernsey should be realised in the imminent future.
"He is a very good cricketer," Peterie said. "His figures against Harwood just go to show that. I am a very happy captain to have him in the side.
"But to me It is a joke he is not in the rep side. He is the best cricketer in this competition and one of the best in the Lower Clarence."
Peterie was also pleased with the efforts of Causley who is expected to feature prominently in future seasons for the Wanderers.
"Dyl is a good kid, he is a very good kid, and a talent we need to nurture moving forward," Peterie said.
"He is a cricketer through and through, he has it running in his blood. While I always bat at four in the lineup he has got me spot if he wants it. I'm old, he's young and he deserves it."
LOWER CLARENCE CRICKET ASSOCIATION
WANDERERS V HARWOOD
At Iluka Oval Turf
Wanderers 1st Innings
T Peterie c Leeson b Richards 19
S Bowers b Richards 10
B Honeybrook c T Anderson b Vallette 64
J Peterie b T Anderson 36
D Causley b Leeson 12
Z Honeybrook c GJ Simmons b Leeson 5
B Emanuel c D Simmons b T Anderson 20
D Galloway c Leeson b D Simmons 13
T Bannerman b T Anderson 0
S Harrison c ? b D Simmons 0
AG Boyd not out 0
Extras (b 1, lb 4, w 2, nb 2) 9
Bowling: T Anderson 8-1-26-1, K Richards 8-1-55-2, M Vallette 8-1-33-1, C Leeson 8-1-20-2, D Simmons 4-0-36-2, T Anderson 4-0-13-2.
Harwood 1st Innings
G Simmons c J Peterie b B Honeybrook 1
M Peterie c Bannerman b Boyd 4
D Simmons b Z Honeybrook 28
S Hogan lbw b B Honeybrook 5
T Anderson b Harrison 5
T Anderson c Emanuel b Harison 8
M Vallette b Z Honeybrook 5
C Leeson run out (S Harrison) 4
K Richards b Causley 9
A Moss not out 3
K Churchill not out 0
Extras (b 7, lb 3, w 0, nb 2) 12
NINE wickets for 84
Bowling: Z Honeybrook 8-2-24-2, S Harrison 8-1-20-2, B Honeybrook 8-4-7-2, D Causley 4-3-4-1, AG Boyd 8-1-15-1, B Emanuel 4-1-4-0.
- Wanderers won by 104 runs