A perfect record
AS REPRESENTATIVE captain Nana Glen allrounder Andrew Mainey boasts a perfect winning record.
One game, one win.
Mainey took over the reigns from stalwart Craig Haworth, who retired from representative cricket last weekend, and led from the front as Coffs Harbour beat Lower Clarence by 43 runs at Brelsford Park on Sunday.
Coffs were in early trouble at 4-46, before Nana Glen pair Mainey (52) and Damien Elks (60) steadied the ship with quickfire knocks.
Nana Glen bowler Trent Jones was the next highest scorer, adding a valuable 26 after coming to the crease with Coffs still in a bit of bother at 7-158. Thanks largely to the work of the Nana Glen trio, Coffs were able to post a respectable 224, which Lower Clarence never really looked like chasing down.
Jones (2-40 off six) and Matt Francis (2-36 off six) made the early in-roads with the ball and when Lower Clarence slumped to 5-107, Coffs had a strong hold on the match.
A 41-run sixth wicket stand gave Lower Clarence hope, before Coffs mopped up the tail with young leg-spinner Mick Lawrence snaring 2-24 off nine.
"It was a pretty good effort by the boys, especially considering we had a few players out," Mainey said. "They came out all guns blazing with the bat, but we bowled and fielded very well to tie them down.
"Mick (Lawrence) bowled a very good spell late in the innings which frustrated them."
In second grade, Craig Haworth (4-13 off ten) and Kieran Hogan (3-35 off ten) led a rout of the visitors, who were dismissed for a paltry 101.
Coffs Harbour cruised to victory in 20 overs for the loss of just two wickets, with Alex Pearson (28 not out) and Jason Wear (35 n.o.) guiding the way home.
Despite turning out in second grade one week after officially retiring from rep duties, Haworth ruled out a permanent return.
"I was just filling in because we had so many pull-outs," Haworth said.
"I would prefer to not have to play, but I don't mind filling in now and again."