Bellingen-Dorrigo?s Nick Hopper, with bat, finished 10 not out for Coffs Harbour in the second grade inter-district final again
Bellingen-Dorrigo?s Nick Hopper, with bat, finished 10 not out for Coffs Harbour in the second grade inter-district final again

Herbert stars in win

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

NOT even the severe afternoon storm that hit town on Sunday afternoon was enough to save Lower Clarence from an embarassing loss against a strong Coffs Harbour second grade outfit.

Before the massive rains had hit town the Coffs Harbour side wrapped up the final with almost ridiculous ease after rolling the visiting team for a paltry 75.

Troy Herbert was the star of the day snaring five wickets and taking two catches as he paired with Matt Francis to have the visitors reeling early at 4-9.

Captain Matt Rose had no hesitation in reiterating what he said at the presentation after the match.

"Our bowling is the strength of this team and I think it would give any first grade rep team a run as well," he said.

"Troy Herbert bowled really well but so did the rest of the bowlers."

This is the the second consecutive title for the second grade team proving that the depth of Coffs harbour cricket is the strongest of any of the competitions in the North Coast.

THE first grade final is set for a replay when play was abandoned after only 28 overs of play was possible.

Twice play was halted due to rain before a third stoppage saw play ended as rain and lightning halted an interestingly poised affair.

Winning the toss and batting, Lower Clarence had reached 4-131 and were set to post a challenging target for Coffs Harbour to reach if they were to win their third straight inter-district title.



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