Wanderers use strangle and strike to wrangle for top spot
LCCA CRICKET: Over the years of Australian cricket the best bowling partnerships have been formed with one strike weapon and a miserly worker at the other end heaping pressure on batsmen.
Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee exploited the concept for much of the 2000s and Josh Hazlewood and Mitch Starc currently fit the description.
It is a concept that defending Lower Clarence Cricket Association premiers Wanderers have adopted to supreme affect in the early rounds this season, including on Saturday in their 59-run clinic against Iluka.
While Brandon Honeybrook has become notorious for striking fear into opposition batsmen it has been the coming of age of pace partner Dylan Causley who was once again economical while also getting a chance to run through the Iluka tail.
Causley finished with impressive figures of 4 for 8 off 3 overs as Wanderers shared the cherry between eight bowlers.
It was a ploy that worked extremely well for the home side as Iluka struggled to find a steady rhythm to run out of wickets in the 29th over with the score on 96.
"They were just too good for us," Iluka captain Dave Cowan said. "Bear [Honeybrook] was lethal as always and young Dylan Causley just cleaned up the tail nicely.
"I think a lot of our blokes failed to maintain their composure in the middle overs and just gave their wickets away cheaply.
"But that is taking nothing away from the bowling. Dylan was fantastic, he is just bowling a nice line on the stumps and moving the ball away a fraction.
"He has a very skiddy sort of action that is just difficult to get away."
Iluka had looked in good shape at the match break after they dismissed Wanderers for 155 on a notoriously hard scoring track at Barry Watts Oval.
Four of the Wanderers' top five reached double figures but none were able to consolidate while a late cameo from power hitter Alex Robison (29) including a mammoth six off Cowan pushed the total past the 150-mark.
"I think we were a bit lucky none of their batsmen could capitalise on the starts they made," Cowan said. "They only ended up batting 33 of their overs so who knows what the score might have been if they lasted the full innings."
Iluka had a reasonable start through Brushgrove converts Brendan James (8) and Gary Ryan (16), who attempted to see the shine off the new ball. But after both fell to the pace of Honeybrook, it was panic stations for the visiting side who will now spend a week in the nets with next week's bye.
NEXT ROUND: Maclean United v Wanderers at Yamba Oval, Lawrence v Harwood at Barry Watts Turf. Iluka bye.
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