Warriors triumph in Yamba thriller
THE Woodford Island Warriors are the LCCA First Grade champions after a thrilling 16-run triumph against Yamba at Yamba Oval on Saturday.
From wooden spooners to premiers, it sure was a hell of a ride for Aiden Daniels' side.
“Probably not a lot of people thought we would do this well,” Daniels told the Examiner after a big night out celebrating.
“With the new players coming in they made all the difference.”
The match was a stop-start affair with the Yamba Oval wicket becoming increasingly hard to bat on with constant showers making run scoring difficult.
The Warriors had the better of the conditions early but still struggled, with only Dan Galloway (21) passing 20.
Usual suspects Brett O'Connor (18) and Hector Daley (18) contributed handy runs to hoist their side to 103 from their allotted overs.
In reply only Yamba skipper Laurie Urquhart was able to fire.
Urquhart belted 42 but his dismissal sparked a middle-order capitulation as the Warriors snared the final seven wickets for 27 runs.
“During the Yamba innings it just kept raining,” Daniels said.
“It made the pitch very muddy and very hard to bat on.
“Only Laurie did well but no-one could hang around with him.
"And when we got him out the runs stopped.”
Josh Gorman backed up his earlier unbeaten 13 with a man-of-the-match spell with the ball, as he finished with 4-14.
Yamba was eventually all out for 87 as Galloway snared three scalps and Tom Martin two as the Warriors completed their fairytale season.