Washout doesn't detract from ton

THE game between Lower Clarence Cricket Association and Gloucester was washed out on Sunday but not before it was lit up by a brilliant hundred by Nathan Essex.

After winning the toss, Lower Clarence captain Matt Ardrey elected to bat, with his team piling on the runs to post a sizeable total of 264.

But just when Gloucester was about to start its innings the heavens opened, putting an abrupt end to the day's play.

All was not lost for Ardrey and his men, because they will still advance to the third round of the Country Plate.

"Because we were the visiting side we go through to the next round," Ardrey said.

"Our next game will be against either Warnerville or Dungog on November 11."

Essex has been in blistering form with the bat this season at club and representative level and Ardrey said his innings was sheer brilliance.

"It was an absolute pleasure watching Nathan bat," the Lower Clarence skipper said.

"He's been in great touch this season and his hundred was just brilliant."

The Harwood all-rounder smashed 105 and Ardrey said his team posted what he believed to be a match-winning total.

"I think we had enough runs to win the game and we were pretty confident of coming away with the points," he said.

"Unfortunately it started to rain heavy and the match was abandoned."



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