Warriors far too good in match
WARRIORS may have booked a place in next week’s LCCA grand final but all the talk after their clash against United centred on the umpires.
Warriors won the match in emphatic style but according to both teams there was confusion regarding the state of play.
“Warriors were far too good on the day but both captains were confused about the umpires’ call to end the Warriors’ innings,” United’s Luke Many told The Examiner yesterday.
“The pitch was a bit wet and we started late, in fact we were lucky to get on.
“We thought it was a 33-over match but the umpires pulled the pin at 3.30 and didn’t tell the captains ... it was very confusing.
“They told us it was to do with the time limit but as far as we were concerned we thought it was a reduced-over match.”
Batting first Warriors got off to a disastrous start, slumping to 4-34.
But thanks to a match-winning partnership from Tom Martin and Dave Purcell the Warriors posted a competitive 120.
“We knocked over Brett O’Connor fourth ball for a duck and got Ryan Binge out for just four, but we let them get away from us,” Many said.
“We bowled well and had them in trouble.
“After 17 overs they had lost four wickets then slumped to 6-60 before Tom and Dave put on a 60-run partnership.”
Many admitted Warriors’ total of 120 was probably worth about 160 due to the slowness of the outfield.
In reply, United struggled against the bowling of Martin (4-25).
Martin backed up his heroics with the bat giving the United batsmen no width to play their shots.
“They made things difficult for us bowling straight and giving us nothing to hit,” Many said.
“We lost early wickets and never really recovered.”
Warriors will meet Yamba in next week’s grand final.
In the major semi-final, Yamba handed the Warriors a cricketing lesson, dismissing the competition favourites for a paltry 58 runs.
Laurie Urquhart’s side will be brimming with confidence going into the decider especially after humiliating Warriors in last week’s match.
And with a bowling attack led by Matt Headon and Tim Seivers, who have been in season-best form of late, the Warriors’ batsmen will need to be at their best.
But with players of the calibre of Brett O’Connor and Josh Gorman to call on, all is not lost for Aiden Daniels and his Warriors teammates.