A flood of runs in first one-dayer
The Bar go ballistic
Tintenbar/East Ballina responded to having two overs docked from their innings, due to a tardy over rate, by putting on a show of power-hitting rarely seen in any form of the game. Chasing 223 for victory from 38 overs, The Bar reached the total in the 33 overs thanks to an unworldly 67 from captain Brett Crawford,which came from a mere 38 balls, a classy 86 by Phill Dalli and a bludgeoning 42 by Luke Shay.
The high scoring and spectacular match produced 38 fours and 11 towering sixes as both sides took out the long handle and applied it liberally to the ball. Why Marist won the toss and batted on the doughy track Im not certain, but it slowed their early assault. Brothers Steve Prosser was the pick of the bowlers, going for only 20 from his 8 overs.
Ballina blow off bowlers
Ballina Bears captain Shane Jacobs had little choice but to sack his opening bowlers, Rob Dorey and Damien Knights, after the pair absconded from the match last weekend, leaving Ballina to lose by one run. However, their absence didnt put the Bears off their game one iota, as they strolled to victory over Terranora. In fact medium pacer Adam Izzard seemed to enjoy getting the new ball, taking 4 for 33 to gut the lake mens line-up. The return to form of big hitting Sam Adams (59) didnt hurt the Bears stocks either as they put on 223 and rolled Terranora for 134.
Byron/Brunswick have been nurturing big bustling Tom Barry (4 for 12) as a bowler, and on Saturday the young bloke mauled Alstonvilles lower order as the resort dwellers rolled the redsoilers for 110, 44 runs shy of their total. Byrons veteran opener Peter Leeson set up the winning total with a well made 52.
Souths slaughter Pottsville
Souths all-rounder Paul McLean dined out on lowly Pottsville at Oakes Oval on Saturday, top scoring with 61 then routing the Pottsville middle order with his ripping off-spinners to finish with figures of 4 for 24. Souths top order flourished on the flat deck with Anthony and Richard Nind both posting half centuries as well as Souths putting on 3 for 221 from their 40 overs. Pottsville lasted 35 overs for their total of 129.
Cudgen stay on top of the comp
Dominic Marsh top scored with 20 as Workers fell in heap to be all out for 109 chasing Cudgens 244 in Cudgen. In a match where the locals were simply outclassed Craig Wilson top scored for the Tweed team with 78. The win keeps the northerners on top of the table.
Cavaliers on the charge
Despite a good top order partnership between Todd Fisher and Daniel Marsh, Lennox Head could only muster 164 against the men from the beef capital, thanks to some tight bowling by the Casino side, particularly Wade Sweeney (3 for 16). This proved to be a competitive total but Casino chased it down with three overs to spare. Scott Sheppard held the Cavalier charge with a well made 62.
North Coast success
The North Coast Aboriginal XI came away with a solid victory over the Central Northern Regional XI as the mercury soared into the high 30s in Moree on Saturday, December 7.
Although Lismore opener Andrew Fair didnt trouble the scorers the coastal cricketers did manage to reach a highly defendable 198 from their 40 overs. The North Coast team then slowly tightened the screws, thanks mainly to the medium pace of Casinos Tane Morgan, Cabbage Tree Islander Des Anderson and Kyogles Ritchie Heywood. The coastal team bowled in short tight spells in the metal melting conditions as they bowled out the inlanders for 148.