Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Warriors V United Final Has Makings of a Classic; Full-Strength Teams Point to a Match That Could Go Either Way

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Warriors V United Final Has Makings of a Classic; Full-Strength Teams Point to a Match That Could Go Either Way

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Byline: sport editor sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

TWINS, a key wicket, nerves, other commitments and a cunning plan.

Today's Lower Clarence Cricket Association First Grade preliminary final between Warriors and United has all the ingredients of a cricketing classic.

Both teams say they are confident ahead of the Barry Watts Oval clash, but there is a lot that can happen before the champagne corks pop.

Last weekend United was forced to fend off the challenge of Iluka with just 10 men when Matt Ardrey's wife, expecting twins, was thought to have gone into labour.

The Warriors, meanwhile, were missing four of their key players, who chose a music festival over their team duties.

aThat was pretty ordinary,a United skipper Luke Many said.

aYou would think the cricket finals come first.a

Both teams are at full strength today, with the victor to meet Yamba in next Saturday's First Grade decider.

aWe are always confident. If you're not you may as well go home,a Many said. …

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