Lennox, Alstonville favoured
Alstonville and Lennox Head have both profited from winning a condensed Saturday/Sunday match a fortnight ago after the second weekend was washed out in the Hooker League.
Their win, when every other team was restricted to a draw, means that Lennox has leapt to the top of the ladder and Alstonville have forced their way into equal fourth along with four other teams.
The rain came as a disappointment to a number of teams. Notably Workers Club, who had the wood on Terranora; Byron Brunswick, who would have backed themselves against Brothers; and Souths, who would have expected to beat South Tweed at home on Oakes Oval.
This weekends round includes a game between last round lucky winners Lennox and Alstonville. The sides will meet on the slow Hill Park pitch in Wollongbar. Although Lennox lead the competition they have risen to those heights against popgun attacks. However, Alstonville have a serious attack, with Josh Slater and Terry Murphy providing a brisk start with the new ball and Steve Robb probably the best left arm orthodox spinner in the region.
That said the match of the round will be between Souths and Tintenbar on the aerodrome at Kingsford Smith. The teams, who share second spot, bat well down and their batsmen are in good form. Furthermore, each side can boast a varied and accurate attack. Each side is championed by an aggressive captain and both those captains have started the season well Brett Crawford with the ball and Richard Nind with the bat.
The rest of the matches look like providing equally tight outcomes. Byron Brunswicks top order is potent, however, their lower order is soft. They play Terranora at home in Brunswick. Terranora rely on Craig Bonnor to have any sting in attack and his return is important for the Tweed team.
South Tweed and Marist Brothers seem evenly matched, granted the colts avoid mass suspension after a petulant display against Souths. Ballina Bears will be keen to get back into the winners circle after going down to arch rivals Alstonville last round. However, Workers are in good form and I expect this match to go down to the wire.
Casino should maintain their winning ways against Murwillumbah, who are in a rebuilding phase. Cudgen should get the better of Pottsville.