Junior representative, first grade and Casino district players stopped to observe a minutes silence during their games over the weekend to mourn the passing of young Casino cricketer Dylan Black.
The death of the well liked young batsman left the cricketing community in shock as they struggled to come to terms with the loss. The Casino Cavaliers particularly struggled to find focus after the devastating events of last week, and although they did manage 219 in their match against lowly Lennox Head on Saturday, their hearts and minds were elsewhere on Sunday in the semi final of the one-day competition against Eastern Districts.
Easts won the toss and batted accumulating 192 as the distracted Cavaliers attack sprayed over 30 wides and pugnacious Daniel Rowlands clobbered 46. The dispirited Cavaliers were then bowled out for a mere 98 as Jake McKinnon got under their skin to take 4 for 16.
In the other Byron Private Life one day semi final on Oakes Oval on Sunday night, a rear-guard action by Steven Fredricks (41) and Matt Parrish (33) saved Souths from an ignominious defeat. Early Marist Brothers seamer, Craig Ferguson (4 for 19) had ambushed the Souths top order as he cut the ball about on the grassy deck. When Parrish came to the wicket the perennial champions had collapsed to be 7 for 58. The pair then put on 78 runs as Souths managed a very defendable 152.
Marist Brothers lost three wickets weathering an early storm of blistering fast bowling from Craig Bateman and Len Blok. This combined with the run out of captain Craig Hamshaw to leave the Brethren floundering at 4 for 24 before Pat Foran and Joe Allan steadied the ship.
However, when Foran nailed a low catch to Bateman at mid wicket, the writing was on the wall. Toby Collings did offer Marist a late glimmer of hope smashing 16 off one Paul McLean over late in the game, but it was too little too late. Souths will now play Easts in the final at Oakes Oval this Friday from 4.30pm.
In the Hooker league on Saturday, Tintenbar/East Ballina recovered from an early mauling at the hands of the Ballinas Big Bear, Damien Knights (5 for 25), to post a decent total of 206. Although this is far from a dominating total on the flat track at Kingsford Smith Park, it is more than enough to avoid an outright loss. The Bears need an outright win if they are to capture a final spot.
Watching Nathan Bonamy bat is a pleasure, his cover drives are graceful and he possesses a violent pull shot. At the moment hes in form and its a shame that The Hawks wont make the semis. On Saturday Bonamy plundered 89 in a total of 187 against a determined Brothers attack at Nesbitt Park. However, Brothers should be able to haul in that score it is enough to quash any hopes of an outright and thats what Brothers needed to make the semis.
Casinos 219 against Lennox Head isnt a huge total but the Pirates will still probably struggle against the might of the Cavaliers attack. Whether they win or lose the Cavaliers are virtually assured a top-four finish.
In the game of the round, Souths have fought back to be 6 for 225 thanks to the controlling blade of Rex Parrishs bat. Every team needs a Rex Parrish, and he should be cloned. Determined, careful, and completely unaffected Rex slowly scored 87 after Souths lost two early wickets to the Waratahs. Souths will probably bat on next week, just to take up a bit more time. The result of this game will not effect the standings, unless Easts capitulate twice and I cant see that happening.
Meanwhile in the battle for the wooden spoon, the youthful Workers club line up batted cautiously to reach 232 against Alstonville. Jeremy Cowin, who is patience personified, was once again the stand out with the bat for the Maroons scoring 72 from 170 odd deliveries. Paul Ianna (47) and Ben Cooper (53) batted with a bit more gusto. Left arm orthodox Steve Robb was the pick of the bowlers, extracting the most movement out of the hard, flat but well grassed Oakes Oval wicket.
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