Pura Cup excitement comes to Lismore
After winning the toss and batting the Victorian Bushrangers posted a masssive total of 5 declared for 519 on a fast flat track at Lismores Oakes Oval. The NSW SpeedBlitz Blues responded strongly and were 2 for 245 on Wednesday morning. Here are some shots from the big match.
Reverse anti hat trick in the pike position
Brett Crawford has made a habit this season of losing his wicket in the nineties and he did it again on Saturday, only this time he lost it in the one hundred and nineties. The bludgeoning opener was a mere two runs shy of his 200 when he brought out the reverse sweep. It didnt work. In contrast, Scott Hogden didnt mess around in the nineties, moving from 89 to 101 in the last over as the Bar plundered 180 off the last 20 overs to reach 6 for 389 at stumps.
Of the Hawks attack young Mr German bowled without luck, drawing three relatively simple catching chances from three consecutive balls. They all went down. There should be a name for that; perhaps it should be called an anti hat trick. Enough said.
Easts restrict Casino
On a lifeless Queen Elizabeth Park pitch Casino only managed to accumulate 166 due in most part to a concerted and dedicated effort by the Easts bowling attack. Young left arm orthodox bowler Wes Koskela found the spot and stayed there, picking up Adam Shield (60) thanks to a good sharp catch at short mid off by Bruce Jobson. The entire Easts attack bowled with good discipline and if their batsmen play in the same fashion then this match should go the way of the Waratahs.
Souths top order find their feet
Lennox Heads Mark Denmeade and Ben Legzidins opened both the bowling and the batting for Lennox Head on Saturday against Souths, but in the bowling department they found it difficult to restrict Souths powerful top order. Souths, the premiers, have been slow to awaken this season and their 8 for 263 declared is hopefully a sign of things to come for the gold and green.
Hill Park pitch degeneration
Alstonville won the toss and batted on what looked like a decent pitch and by tea had reached a 100-odd for just three wickets. After tea they lost their last seven wickets for less than 40 as off spinner Dominic Marsh took full advantage of the deteriorating pitch to capture 4 for 29. However, Brothers joy was short lived as they lost 3 for 24 from the last 16 overs of the day. The game is evenly poised.
All-rounders vs all-rounders
Ballina Bears draw their strength from their all-rounders, notably Shane Staples (83) and Andrew Gordon (65), who both fired against Workers Club on Saturday as the seasiders accumulated 5 for 244 before declaring. Gordon backed up with two late wickets to have Workers 4 for 80 at stumps, leaving the men in maroon in a precarious position. Workers are a very young squad and they will need to show great resolve against the constant withering pressure of the Bears to win this one.
Ballina Bears will be pleased to hear that their nil average, gained after their first round washout against Norths/Goonellabah RSL, will be enough to see them through to the second round of the one-day knockout. The Bears, the highest placed of the unfinished or losing teams, go through at the expense of Alstonville, who lost in a tight battle with Marist Brothers.