Wayward bowling costly as Lower Clarence falls short
THE Country Plate has once again eluded the Lower Clarence Cricket Association.
Again defeat occurred in the semi-finals and again at Harden in southwest New South Wales.
After winning the toss and electing to bat in Saturday's showdown, Albion Park was dismissed for 228 in the 44th over.
Lower Clarence however could muster only 176 runs in reply before being bundled out in the 45th over.
LCCA wicketkeeper and association president Tim McMahon said some wayward bowling had proved costly.
"We got off to a bad start," McMahon said.
"We bowled okay in patches but bowled too many extras and just didn't build enough pressure."
Things were looking dire for LCCA when Albion Park raced to 2-100 but off-spinner Matt Young (3-45 off 10 overs) and Luke Kempshall (3-38 off 7.5) helped stem the flow of runs.
There efforts however counted for little as Lower Clarence's run chase got off to a horror start with Geoff Simmons (7) and Ben McMahon (6) both out early..
"The boys can still hold their heads up high; they did the LCCA proud."
Hosts Cootamundra defeated Forbes in the other semi-final on Saturday before defeating Albion Park by seven wickets yesterday to win the Country Plate.
ALBION PARK 228 (Z Jurd 61, S Hopkins 32, J Bennett 21, A Stokes 22*; M Young 3-45, C Kempshall 3-38, L Many 2-29) def LOWER CLARENCE 176 (M Young 63, D Durrant 35, L Many 22; M McMillan 2-14, S Hopkins 2-40, A Coughlan 2-24, A Stokes 2-27).