Slammin Sam secures country selection

Souths captain Richard Nind has slipped seamlessly into opening and has been scoring fluently despite not being able to move much faster than a trot between wickets.

Casinos Slammin Sam Irvine has earned himself selection in the NSW Country Team, thanks mainly to a flying 122 not out in the second match of the Country Championships Carnival. As part of the team he will take part in the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Mildura in January.

The NSW Country Team will also play matches in the State League Cup in Wollongong and in Canberra in late November in preparation for the national championships.

Meanwhile, last years Hooker League Player of the Year, Brett Crawford, was very unlucky not to also be named in the NSW Country Team after the powerful all-rounder hammered two centuries and fifty from his three innings at the Country Championships.

Matt Jones to open for Northerners

Casinos Matt Jones, an elegant and quietly spoken opening batsman, has earned selection in the Northern Country NSW Under 17 squad to play against the Southern Country team in Bowral this Saturday. Jones turned around his diamond duck (run out without facing a ball) to score 66 and 89 in the recent NSW Country Carnival in Newcastle and the Riverina. A good showing in the Bowral game and he could easily progress to the Country NSW squad.

Tweed wander casually over Lismore

Its time to go back to the drawing board for Lismore as they tumbled to their third loss in as many games against Tweed at Nielson Park on Sunday. Rich with young potential, the Lismore squad failed to impress with the bat during the Webb Cup match, squandering their wickets to be dismissed for a mere 108 in 46.3 against the pedestrian attack. Veteran captain Bruce Jobson top scored for the locals with 28 while Dominic Marsh (13) and Ian Gregory (14) combined at the end to make the score look almost respectable. Jason Caught (2 for 21) was the pick of the Lismore bowlers as the Tweed boys wrapped up the match in under 30 overs.

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Stingy Souths throttle Bears

Old stagers Rex Parrish (35) and Richard Nind (57) played with measured aggression against Ballina Bears on Saturday in the reduced one day match round of the Hooker League, helping Souths to an impressive 195 from all but the full complement of 40 overs. Then Souths stingy seamers Len Blok, Paul Fredricks and Jerry Deal closed down the Bears run rate and off spinner Paul McLean cleaned them out, taking 6 for 28. Toby Horden top scored for the Bears with 53.

Gregory saves Easts

Easts, who make up eight of the Lismore squad, didnt impress with the bat on Saturday either, accumulating a meagre 118 against the Hawks at Nielson Park. However, former Country NSW representative opening bowler Ian Gregory (4 for 7) wasnt about to stand by and let the Waratahs go belly up. Instead he turned on an inspired opening spell, removing the dangerous Adam Osbourne and Brad Walker as the Hawks staggered to 4 for 16. Although Steve Lockhart and Nathan Bonamy steadied the ship, neither went on with it, as Goobellabah RSL were tumbled out for 94.

Daniel Hughes was the destroyer for the Hawks, gutting Easts middle order with 3 for 25 from his eight overs.

Pirates hat-trick tips the balance

Young Remesh Kassim is proving to be a real find for Lennox Head as the Pirates secured their first win of the year against Workers. Sporting an excellent temperament and good technique with both the ball and the bat, Kassim top scored with 41 and was among the wickets, taking 2 for 23 as he helped the Pirates to 148 for 7 in their 40 overs on the heavy field at Nesbitt Park. In response, Workers were well on track when the Pirates combined to pull off a team hat-trick, (a run out and two catches) removing Workers batting core of Al Glasby, Michael Knight and Paul Ianna. Workers then crumbled to be all out for 113. Dropped catches proved costly for Workers.

Tardy over rate kills off Cavaliers

Shrewd captaincy and the absence of three top line Cavaliers, Sam Irvine, Scott Sheppard and Wade Sweeney, gave Marist Brothers a last over victory against Casino. Brothers captain Craig Hamshaw kept a close eye on Casinos over rate to ensure that the Brethren would take full advantage of the Cavaliers tardy over rate. In the end Casino lost three overs and were forced to rush their innings in the last over and were bowled out. Pat Foran clobbered another good 50 for Brothers and Craig Ferguson took 3 for 34 to capture the last gasp victory.

The Bar bash Alstonville

The Bar made short work of Alstonville, bowling out the redsoilers for 113 on the placid Kingsford Smith pitch and then reeling in the total without loss in 20 overs, thanks to a quick fire 76 from Mark Newstead. Steve Robb managed 36 for Alstonville as their batting once again let them down.

Private Life one dayers

Casino struck back on Sunday to continue their domination over two day premiers Tintenbar East Ballina, rolling the seasiders for 62 on Queen Elizabeth Park. Earlier the Cavaliers had put together 155 on the dead track. Casinos Dave Mulcahys 3 for 4 from eight overs was the match highlight.

Eastern Districts feasted out on the Workers attack at Oakes Oval on Friday night, smashing 209 which included 14 boundaries from the bats of Paul Simes and Joel Parrey. Parreys onslaught was only ended by a sliding one-handed miracle catch inches from the ground and only a foot from the mid-wicket boundary line. Travis Jenkins catch, which momentarily dislocated his shoulder, was the only moment of joy for Workers, who could only manage 92 in reply. Rumour has it however that the Maroons batting stocks will soon receive a major boost with Armidale representative opener Christian Buggy due to join the squad.

Jenkins catch was not the only corker from the weekend with Souths super veteran Rex Parrish also taking a terrific diving outfield effort as Souths slowly choked Alstonville out of the contest. Leading from the front Richard Nind scored 79 as the green and gold amassed 228 from their 40 overs. Alstonville put up a good show to get to 9 for 178 but they were never really in the hunt.

Ballina Bears awoke from their early season slumber to humiliate the Hawks at Oakes Oval on Sunday evening. However, the Hawks can only blame themselves after they put down numerous catches, allowing the Bears to make a massive 241 from their 40 overs. You can imagine Steve Lockhards state of mind when the combined Norths Goonellabah RSL team dropped three catches off just one of his overs.

Brothers continued to prosper on Sunday, taking out their match against Lennox Head with leg spinner Michael Singh capturing 3 for 15. The Pirates collapsed to be all out for 81 in reply to Brothers 9 for 140.

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