Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

{CRCA Bats Too Hot} {Clarence Takes Interdistrict Title at a Canter}; Visitors Wilt in the Blistering Heat

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

{CRCA Bats Too Hot} {Clarence Takes Interdistrict Title at a Canter}; Visitors Wilt in the Blistering Heat

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Byline: Quinn Jones quinn.jones@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE Clarence River Cricket Association first XI has cruised home against a frazzled Coffs Harbour Cricket Association first XI to claim the inter district championship by 148 runs at Ellem Oval yesterday.

Under the baking Grafton sun, in a match which simmered, but never reached boiling point, the CRCA first XI proved why it has been so hard to beat all season long.

Before it had even faced a single ball, Coffs Harbour were staring down a rival whose defences only SCG Cup winners, Tamworth, had been able to unlock.

However Coffs Harbour were not banking on reputations and a fierce local rivalry ensured the CRCA squad would remain wary of its southern opponent.

Sent into bat, the CRCA batsmen thrilled their home crowd with scintillating shots early in their innings, shots which promised half tons, centuries and plenty of boundaries in between.

A rash shot, a lapse in concentration, a wicket snared and the bubble was burst.

Throughout the Clarence Valley top order; Brendan Purser (24), Matt Pigg (27), Brad Robertson (30) and Matt Kroehnert (34), eyes had been set on glory, to only lose sight for a fraction of a second.

"We had a good start ... then through the middle order we just lost wickets consistently," CRCA first XI captain Matt Pigg said.

"It was a bit disappointing that the top four all got starts but couldn't go on with it.

"And then we were in a little trouble at seven for 130."

With Ben Gudex (5/31) demolishing the top half in a blinding spell, trouble was a reality the CRCA tail end had to come to grips with.

However, facing adversity has been one of the strong characteristics of this CRCA squad, and like Billy Ocean crooned, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going".

Facing a patch of uncertainty, The CRCA squad watch as speedster Rohan Hackett strode to the crease.

Known for making runs, but not on a consistent basis, Hackett's ability with the bat for once, would have to overshadow the job he was primarily in the team to achieve; destroying the wickets of rival batsmen. …

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