Warriors handed a lesson at semis

YAMBA booked a place in the LCCA grand final after handing Warriors a cricketing lesson at Barry Watts Oval on Saturday.

The Warriors went into the major semi-final at Maclean as red-hot favourites but departed with a humiliating defeat.

Bundled out for a paltry 58 runs, the Warriors will need to improve dramatically against United next week if they are to face Yamba in the final.

Warriors skipper Aiden Daniels said the Barry Watts Oval pitch was no excuse, claiming his side simply failed to treasure their wickets.

“The pitch wasn’t that bad,” a disappointed Daniels told the Examiner yesterday.

“There were a few wet patches and the ball popped a bit but we failed to value our wickets.”

Yamba’s front-line bowler Matt Headon snared 4-8 off just five overs with partner in crime Tim Seivers chipping in with three wickets.

“Matt and Tim both bowled well ... there were a few ducks in the scorebook,” Daniels said.

“We had a few players out and had to call on a couple of players who have only played a handful of games this season.

“We should have everyone back for next week which will be good.”

Yamba captain Laurie Urquhart was pleased to register the win but was quick to point out his side played against a team missing several key players.

“It’s fantastic to go straight through to the grand final but realistically they (Warriors) were without at least five good players,” he said.

“But in saying that I thought my guys fielded well and the bowlers ... particularly Matt and Tim ... bowled good lines.”

Warriors will meet United in next week’s preliminary final with the winner advancing to the grand final.

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