A new generation dawns

Easts captain Bruce Jobson and Casinos wicket keeper Sam Dietrich were at a loss as to what to do with this Scott Sheppard full toss at Oakes Oval on Saturday. Both players missed the ball and it went for byes.

Nind youngest ever

To my knowledge Under 13 Jake Nind, son of Souths captain Richard Nind, is the youngest player ever to capture a wicket in first grade. But far from being happy to just bamboozle one adult adversary, the leg spinner took 4 for 20 as he humbled Workers Club on Sunday in the fourth round of the Byron Bay Private Life one-day series. Souths went on to win the match, easily chasing down Workers 111 within 30 overs for the bonus point. On Saturday, the other Souths family, the Parrish clan, provided Souths with their destroyer, as young Matt took 5 for 10 to keelhaul the Pirates at Lennox Head. Lennox managed 139 in response to Souths 329.

Bar burst back into one day scene

The Bars relentless march back up both the one and two-day competition tables continued unabated over the weekend they beat the Hawks on Saturday and captured a bonus point against Marist Brothers on Sunday. Brothers batted first but were shot down in flames for a mere 87 as Brett Crawford took 5 for 7. In reply the Bar made very light work of the total on the placid Oakes Oval wicket. In the Saturday match a very careful Kane Hamilton eked out a first innings win for the Bar over the Hawks, scoring his 54 n.o. from 64 overs, as the Bar compiled the necessary 156 on the batsmen friendly Heaps Oval.

Bears big weekend

The Ballina Bears can also boast a big weekend, after managing an outright over Workers on Saturday and a win in the seaside derby against Lennox Head on Sunday. Having already secured first innings point over Workers last weekend, Workers put together 150 in their second innings, mostly thanks to a 47 from young all rounder Jeremy Cowan. Then the Maroons latest acquisition John Hampson (5 for 24) tore through the Bears, reducing them to 8 for 85, before opening bowlers Damien Knights and Robert Dorey guided them safely home. On Sunday the Bears knocked off the Pirates at Lennox Head as they shared out the runs and the wickets for a 50 run win.

Jobbo with bat, Jobbo with ball

Eastern Districts maintained their solid mid season form, cruising to victory over the Casino Cavaliers on Saturday at Oakes Oval thanks to an effortless 81 from skipper Bruce Jobson. They also wrung out a win from Alstonville on Sunday, despite an early case of the dropsies, as Jobson rolled over his arm and rolled back the years to pick up 5 for 12.

Cavaliers carve it up

In a mixed weekend the Cavaliers wilted on Oakes Oval on Saturday without their colts Wade Sweeney and Sam Irvine, as Easts took full advantage of their under-powered attack. However they turned their weekend around on Sunday, capturing an amazing two ball victory over the Hawks mostly thanks to a bludgeoning knock by veteran speedster Al Nowlan, who hammered 31 from 13 balls as Casino scored 50 off the last 5 overs for victory.

Last wicket legends

In an up and down weekend Brothers snatched a tight win over Alstonville at Nesbitt Park thanks to a determined late order partnership between Craig Ferguson (41) and Steve Prosser (23). The pair put on 52 for the last wicket to sneak past Alstonvilles total of 218.

A fisher of men

Although the Hawks came up short in both their games it would be wrong not to mention Johnny The Fisherman Bryant, who lured and snagged five of Casinos finest for 31 with his wily off-spin in his return match for the club on Sunday at Oakes Oval.

Umpires walk

In an unprecedented action, the Far North Coast Umpires Association this week voted unanimously to deny Ballina Bears and Alstonville any umpires for their fifth round Fripp Oval encounter. The clubs have been denied officials due to non-payment of umpires fees. This ban will remain in place until the outstanding fees are paid in full. All other clubs are reminded that the rules clearly dictate that the umpires fees are to be paid by the first drinks break, not some weeks later.

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