Haworth saves day
By MITCHELL DALE
VETERAN all-rounder Craig Haworth made yet another cameo representative appearance on Sunday, leading Coffs Harbour to 49-run victory over Lower Clarence in the North Coast Cricket Council Inter-District competition at Yamba.
The victory secures a home final for Coffs Harbour on February 13, but things could have been much different if it wasn't for Haworth.
Haworth saved Coffs Harbour's bacon, snaring 5-22 with the new ball to help the visitors defend a seemingly measly 166, of which he contributed a valuable 24 not out from No. 8.
Since retiring from representative cricket after Coffs Harbour bowed out of the Country Cup competition last November, Haworth has been forced to don the whites on Sundays for the last two representative fixtures to help fill gaps.
However, the former Australian Country captain has been quick to point out that his return to the representative arena has been purely stop-gap.
Coffs Harbour captain Andrew Mainey was less than impressed with his side's total of 166, but a spirited effort in the field ensured his worries were unfounded.
"It was a bloody fast outfield and the ground wasn't too big so I didn't want us defending anything less than 190," Mainey said.
"But we kept the pressure on them in the field and they collapsed worse than we did.
"Craig (Haworth) just did what he does best, he rushed the batsmen and kept the pressure on."
While Haworth and West Coffs leg spinner Hugh Campbell (4-30) shared the spoils, Mainey also praised the work of his Nana Glen team mate Trent Jones.
After a marathon 29-over spell for Nana Glen against Sawtell on Saturday, Jones backed up to suffocate the Lower Clarence batsmen, returning the miserly figures of 0-8 from 10 overs.
"As reluctant as he was to pick up the ball (after Saturday's spell), Trent bowled really well and was the unluckiest bowler of the day," Mainey said.
"He built a lot of pressure which made it a easier for the other bowlers."
Jones and Haworth each bowled their ten overs straight to leave Lower Clarence floundering at 5-37 after 20 overs.
That effectively ended the match as a contest, with Campbell then continuing the home side's misery by mopping up the tail.