Cricketers let final slip through their fingers
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
A DAY that started badly for Coffs Harbour's representative cricket team just continued to get worse as they gave up their title of the best team on the North Coast to a determined Lower Clarence unit on Sunday.
In the fifth over of the day opening bowler Ben Andrews was no-balled out of the attack for the rest of the innings after bowling too many full tosses above the waist which left the plans of captain Todd Gill in tatters.
"That was a big loss for us," Gill admitted after winning the toss and electing to bowl.
"He just couldn't hold on to the ball it was so wet from the moisture on the ground. It was a problem for all the bowlers, everyone struggled to keep a grip on it."
For the second week in a row the Lower Clarence batsman got on top to register a commanding total of 246 with the help of some poor bowling which was reflected by the massive total of 35 extras.
The efforts of Hugh Campbell taking four wickets helped reduce the home team's total down to a gettable if not challenging target.
During the run chase the wickets continued to fall at too regular a rate for the Coffs Harbour team to mount a serious challenge and eventually fell 52 runs short.
Glen Johnson (52) and Andrews (36) teamed together for a 75 run partnership to give the side hope but no batsman went on to make the large score needed to ensure victory.