STRONG SHOWING: Wanderers batsman Brett Emmanuel stood tall to deliver a major semi-final win against Iluka.
STRONG SHOWING: Wanderers batsman Brett Emmanuel stood tall to deliver a major semi-final win against Iluka. Debrah Novak

Emmanuel effort earns Wanderers seventh-straight grand final

LCCA CRICKET: Wanderers started the day seething, but by the end of it they were celebrating as the Lower Clarence Cricket Association juggernauts booked a seventh consecutive first grade grand final berth at Iluka Oval.

Led by a strong showing from experienced all-rounder Brett Emmanuel (42 and 3 for 31 off 8), Wanderers stifled minor premiers Iluka to come away with a 12-run victory.

But it was a day that got off on the wrong foot, according to Wanderers captain Joel Peterie who was shocked to be on the wrong end of the enforcement of a rare LCCA law.

Wanderers were put in to bat in the first innings, but it was not after any toss of the coin.

"We had organised a bit of a bus to go down there, and we were held up at one bloke's house,” Peterie said.

"We ended up getting to the ground five minutes before play, and the umpires told us we had surrendered the toss.

"We got there to see Brendan (James, Iluka captain) in his keeping gear and we honestly just thought it was a gee- up. In 20 years of playing cricket, I have never had it happen.”

It is contained in the LCCA by-laws under section 12(b) that the toss must be conducted no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled start of play, but Peterie said it did not leave a good taste in the mouth.

"We were pretty filthy, especially because the covers were still on the pitch, but I guess it just fired us up for the game,” he said. "It was the extra kick in the bum that we needed.”

While they lost a few cheap wickets at the top of the order, the big-game experience of Emmanuel came to the surface as he put together a strong fourth-wicket stand alongside Tom Martin (32).

"He hasn't played a lot of cricket this season, but I was always confident he could do the job for us,” Peterie said.

"He has plenty of big match experience, and he was not overwhelmed out there.”

A resilient effort from Iluka spinner Marc Cox helped break the partnership as he went on to claim a maiden five-wicket haul for the season finishing with figures of 5 for 59 off 8 overs.

Iluka fought hard with the bat after losing opener Gary Ryan early in the innings but even a late flurry from Jason Allen (34) and Dave Cowen (14) was not enough to get them across the line.

Iluka will now head back to the drawing board this week as they prepare to host Harwood in the preliminary final at Iluka Oval this weekend.


At Iluka Oval Turf

Toss: Iluka

Umpires: Dave Whitby

Wanderers 1st Innings

T Peterie b Bartlett 19

J Plater c James b Bartlett 7

D Galloway c James b Cox 8

B Emanuel c McEwen b Cox 42

T Martin st James b Cox 32

J Peterie c Lane b Cox 2

A Robison c McEwen b Cox 9

A Dickson not out 10

N Anderson c Allen b Kempshall 4

S Harrison b Kempshall 2

A Everett b Kempshall 0

Extras (b 0, lb 1, w 6, nb 1) 8

ALL-OUT for 143

Overs: 37

Bowling: J Allen 8-1-28-0, C Kempshall 7-0-19-3, D Bartlett 8-1-16-2, M Cox 8-0-59-5, J McEwen 3-0-14-0, Z Newton 3-0-6-0

Iluka 1st Innings

B James lbw b Martin 14

G Ryan c Harrison b Emanuel 0

J Lane c Anderson b Everett 23

J McEwen lbw b Harrison 2

C Kempshall lbw b Harrison 0

J Allen b Harrison 34

D Bartlett c & b Martin 10

M Cox c Martin b Emanuel 9

G Speirs c Everett b Emanuel 1

D Cowen c Galloway b Everett 14

Z Newton not out 8

Extras (b 2, lb 2, w 2, nb 3) 9

ALL-OUT for 131

Overs: 38

FoW: 1-0(G RYAN) 2-34(J Lane) 3-39(C Kempshall) 4-39(J McEwen) 5-62(B James) 6-80(D BARTLETT) 7-95(M Cox) 8-103(J Allen) 9-105(G Speirs) 10-131(D Cowen)

Bowling: B Emanuel 8-0-31-3, S Harrison 8-1-20-3, T Martin 8-1-22-2, A Everett 7-2-26-2, N Anderson 7-0-27-0