Yamba snatch lcca lead

PACIFIC HotelYamba and Harwood took the field at sunny Yamba Oval on Saturday, with first spot on the LCCA ladder up for grabs.

Winning the toss and batting, Yamba lost Brad Bending early thanks to some tight bowling from Joel Petrie.

Unfortunately for Harwood, that brought Troy Urquhart to the crease, who subsequently smashed 50 runs - including 21 off Dave Cowan's first over.

Kirk (37) and Lindsay (28) consolidated in the middle order, but when Alex Davidson (3/36) struck with some crafty off-spin, the home team was in a spot of trouble at 7-179, with 10 overs remaining.

Yamba captain Matt Ardrey then took control of the innings, his knock of 74 containing some glorious stroke play complemented by powerful hitting.

Ardrey combined with the big hitting Juris Graney (28 not out) to take 90 from the last 10 overs, and Yamba set Harwood an imposing 271 for victory.

Cowan was striving for a century, but could only manage 0/88 off his nine overs.

Harwood's innings was in trouble early, with a well directed bouncer from Evan Rice too fast for the mercurial Todd Petrie, who could only sky his attempted hook into keeper Bending's gloves.

Yamba's bowlers kept the screws on, and after 20 overs Harwood were struggling at 3/70, needing 200 off the last 25 overs.

Ed Munday batted well for his 69, and Travis Anderson hit some lofty blows in his 37, but the 271 victory total was always out of sight.

Harwood were bowled out for 157, with Ardrey completing a fine day in the sun with 3/28.

Yamba's bowling and fielding was sublime, with safe catching and a brilliant 40-metre-into-the-wind-direct-hit run out from Troy Urquhart keeping the crowd entertained.

Next week Yamba travel to Maclean, looking to take another step towards securing the Minor Premiership against United.

Harwood will be battling it out against Iluka, with both teams looking to keep their top two aspirations alive.

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