Allrounder super in Clarence River’s first Shield win

CLARENCE River started slowly but surged home to claim its first Country NSW Brian Gainsford Country Shield at Tamworth’s No 1 Oval with a 67-run win over Robertson Burrawangyesterday.

Clarence River players celebrate their Brian Gainsford Shield Final win at Tamworth’s No 1 Oval yesterday. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 301214GOD02

After amassing 6-215, Clarence River then bowled out its Southern Zone adversary for 148 thanks to a brilliant all-round performance from Matt Pigg.

His 63-ball 72 topscored for Clarence River, enabling the coastal side to finish 6-215 from its 50 overs before he claimed 4-44 from his 10 overs.

With Brayden Pardoe (5-26) and Jake Kroehnert (1-27), he skittled Robertson Burrawang to also claim a deserving man of the match award.

Pigg smacked three big sixes and seven fours in his bright half century and, with Mitch Kroehnert (30no), added 76 for the sixth wicket.

Clarence River scored 95 from its last 10 overs.

“That was costly,” Robertson Burrawang skipper Nathan Wright said.

“But full credit to them. They worked hard for it.”

Kroehnert had also hit two big sixes in his 34-ball stay and, with Luke Cox (18no) who hit two fours and a six in his six-ball stay, added 22 in quick time too for the unbroken seventh wicket.

The other good partnership was between Bill North (25) and Jake Kroehnert (28).

They added 49 for the third wicket to steady the innings after losing both openers for 22.

Nathan Ring (3-29 off 10) was outstanding for Robertson Burrawang while Wright had taken 1-13 from his five overs when he fell awkwardly on his left side in trying to take an overhead catch and dislocated his left shoulder.

It was a major blow to a Robertson Burrawang side which slumped to 3-20 early after Pardoe had made early inroads.

Opener Mat Cupitt (31) Mitch Wright (37) and Matt Beer (31) topscored for the Southern Zone side while Nathan Wright returned from hospital with his left wing strapped and ran out onto No 1 Oval for what was a valiant but shortlived stay.

He was out for a duck from two balls.

Clarence River skipper Bob McKenzie had plenty of praise for Robertson Burrawang and their skipper as well as his side.

“215 was a good score here,’ he said.

“Talking to the locals, it gets lower and slower so runs on the board were vital.

“This team has been playing together for a couple of years now and we’ve won a lot of close games too.

“This was a real team effort too with some individual standouts.”

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