Yamba heads for first-grade final

YAMBA booked a spot in the Lower Clarence Cricket Association first grade grand final with a massive 196-run victory over Iluka in the major semi-final at Yamba Oval on Saturday.

Unbeaten centuries from Tory Urquhart and Daniel Kirk set up the resounding victory.

Iluka will host Harwood in next Saturday's preliminary final after the latter accounted for United by 40 runs in Saturday's minor semi-final.

Yamba won the toss and elected to bat on a flat deck. After being dropped early on, Brad Bending (53) combined in an 81-run opening partnership with the evergreen Kevin Styles.

Iluka opening bowler Jason James was desperately unlucky not to pick up a wicket. Styles also enjoyed a couple of lives, before both openers fell in quick succession to leave Yamba at 2/89.

It could have been better for Iluka had they held onto their chances, but when they dropped Urquhart on zero, it spelt disaster.

Urquhart combined with Kirk to slowly but surely tear the Iluka bowling attack apart.

The pair batted out the remaining overs, spanking boundary after boundary to take Yamba to 2/301 from their 45 overs.

Entering the final over, both batsmen were 97 not out, and somehow managed to contrive a way for both to score their centuries.

Kirk finished with 103 not out and Urquhart 101 not out, the latter being dropped off the final ball of the innings.

Dean Bartlett was the only one of 10 bowlers to trouble the wickets column, taking 2/23.

Iluka had a Mount Everest to climb, but there were no Sherpas in sight.

Openers Trent Cullen (12) and Matt Lee (27) took them to 40, but it was all down hill from there.

Sam Lindsay and Matt Ardrey took three wickets each to rout Iluka for 105.



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