WELCOME TO HELL: New Wanderers opening bowler Brandon Honeybrook picked up 4-16 in a sizzling display of pace bowling on Saturday. This sequence shows his last over against Yamba’s Rob Hodson. Honeybrook punished the No.11 batsman with body shots and a vicious bouncer before umpire Bill McCarron gave him out caught behind. PHOTOS: Matthew McInerney
WELCOME TO HELL: New Wanderers opening bowler Brandon Honeybrook picked up 4-16 in a sizzling display of pace bowling on Saturday. This sequence shows his last over against Yamba’s Rob Hodson. Honeybrook punished the No.11 batsman with body shots and a vicious bouncer before umpire Bill McCarron gave him out caught behind. PHOTOS: Matthew McInerney

Yamba mauled

A CHANGE of competition and club, a representative cap and a trip to the judiciary mark the first eight days of Brandon Honeybrook's stint in the Lower Clarence Cricket Association first grade competition.

Honeybrook, or "Bear" as he is known, was one part of Coutts Crossing's feared pace attack in the 2012/13 season.

He has since moved to the LCCA defending premiers Wanderers, and has made his presence felt despite only two club games.

"I'm enjoying it - it's a bit of a change from two-day cricket to one-dayers," Honeybrook said.

"The guys down here don't take it too seriously. They're all here to score runs and take wickets but they go about it the right way.

"They're a really good bunch of blokes."

Honeybrook is your classic opening bowler - he is a big man with plenty of aggression who can unleash deliveries with plenty of speed.

He played an integral part of Wanderers' one-wicket win over Yamba on Saturday, cleaning up the final two wickets in his last over to nab 4-16 before scoring 38* in their nervous 86-run chase.

Yamba's Rob Hodson could only watch as Honeybrook came steaming in at the other end intent on unleashing pain.

The first ball smacked into Hodson's body, the next being a vicious bouncer that whizzed past his head - and that of the wicket-keeper for that matter - despite the cries of captain Andrew McLachlan to zero in on the stumps. The combination of body blows and bouncers is no coincidence - it is part of a calculated game plan.

"That was the idea - the first ball straight into his ribs," Honeybrook explained.

"In one-day cricket I tend to attack the batsman."

"I only give them one or two fuller deliveries an over but nine times out of 10 they'll be at the batsman."

To non-cricketers the attacking mindset might come across as overly brutal, but their ability to back it up on the pitch is what sets them apart.

The way Honeybrook toyed with Hodson was akin to that of a cat playing with a mouse; you knew Hodson was doomed but had to wait for the killing blow.

"That's the beauty of it," Honeybrook said.

"You can tell they don't want to be there - their face, the way they're standing and playing shots."

Honeybrook will travel with the Lower Clarence representative team to Cootamundra for the Country Plate finals this weekend, but not after overcoming drama.

He was cited along with Inverell captain Jeremy Baxter for code of conduct breaches in their December 15 fixture, but was cleared to play. Reports suggest Lower Clarence have been seeded first for the Plate, but Honeybrook said it would not influence their approach to the games.

"We don't see ourselves as being seeded but we'll just focus on playing good cricket," Honeybrook said.

In the other LCCA first grade game, Iluka posted 191 before restricting Harwood to 100.

Simon Farrell top-scored for Iluka with 48, while Zac Newton (3-12) led the way with the ball in what captain Greg Speirs described as a "team performance".



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