Lismore falls just short in big run chase
DETERMINED efforts with the bat from Brad Cleaver and Sam Reading weren't enough to get Lismore home when they lost to Clarence River in the third round of the SCG Country Shield cricket knockout at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday.
Cleaver opened the batting and scored 68 runs with wicketkeeper-batsman Reading adding 41 in the middle order.
Lismore were always going to struggle after Clarence River finished on 8-263 from their 50 overs.
Captain Luke Cleaver was proud of the way his side never give up, with the match decided on the final ball as the home side was bowled out on 259 to lose by four runs.
"It came right down to the wire and we put up a good fight," Cleaver said.
"It was always going to be a hard target to chase but we did everything we possibly could."
Despite the loss, Cleaver believes the side improved their bowling from the second-round win over Ballina.
"We probably improved in most areas and definitely with our bowl-ing even though the scoreline doesn't reflect it," Cleaver said.
"The first 30 overs was tight and we really stuck to our game plan well."
Adam Armistead was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-22 from his 10 overs.
A returning Craig Bateman also impressed with a tight spell that yielded 1-29.
Bateman, 38, was a late inclusion in the team due to other players being unavailable.
Cleaver said he wasn't sure how much further Clarence River would progress in the statewide knockout.
"It's hard because you don't know too much about the other teams," he said.
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