Yamba pays for dropped catches
EIGHT dropped catches proved the difference between Yamba and Warriors at Yamba on Saturday.
Yamba paid the ultimate price for some sloppy fielding and in doing so handed Warriors the minor premiership.
Laurie Urquhart's side did however give the run chase an almighty shake before falling just 16 runs short of the target set by Warriors.
Warriors compiled 148 runs in their dig but the total could have been much less if the Yamba fielders had held onto their catches.
Warriors kept the scoreboard ticking over as Yamba turned to comedic fielding.
“We just dropped too many catches,” Yamba captain Laurie Urquhart told the Examiner yesterday.
“I think we put down about eight ... it was our worst game of the season.
“Hopefully next week we can hold on to them and turn the tables on Warriors.”
Warriors went into the match without star batsman Brett O'Connor and skipper Aiden Daniels.
Tipped to win the Lower Clarence Cricket Association premiership, Warriors will be boosted by the return of O'Connor and Daniels next week.
However, their return will be offset by the loss of other players for the all-important major semi clash this Saturday.
“Brett and myself will be right to play but unfortunately we will be missing about five players,” Daniels said.
“A few of the boys are going to a concert.”
For Warriors, replacement player Dan Galloway proved a handy acquisition with the bat, blasting a quick-fire 50 while the reliable Josh Gorman chipped in with a defiant 46.
The Warriors, which includes a number of Lower Clarence Magpies rugby league players, has been the form side in the competition this season.
Led by O'Connor, Gorman and Ryan Binge, the Warriors will go into Saturday's major semi-final as slight favourites.
Their aggressive batting style and well-balanced bowling attack has presented a tough test for opposition sides this season.