A classy century from Lennox Head opening batsman Darren Marsh put the Pirates in a position to capture first innings points against Marist Brothers on Saturday, had not a poor over rate and bad light not turned the match Brothers way.
Brothers started the day with the pedal to the metal as big Pat Foran clubbed four sixes on his way to a quick fire 59, helping the Brethren set Lennox 267 for victory from 69 overs. Despite Marshs quality innings, Brothers seemed to have Lennoxs measure until former Brothers man Paul Everingham came to the wicket. His 60 plus a powerful knock from all rounder Simon Kelly (23) put Brothers under pressure, and with the sun already down and the street lights on, Craig Hamshaw brought on firebrand fast bowler Adam Thomson in the hope of forcing a light decision. Thomson took two wickets in the diminished conditions before I, the umpire, finally offered light. Light decisions are always difficult without a light meter. I usually wait for the cars driving past to turn on their lights, which they had when light was offered at 5.55pm, a full 25 minutes after the expected close of play, with the tardy Brothers still four overs short of the required 85 for the day.
Waratahs outright Workers
Poor shot selection and a missing player did little to help Workers Club avert an outright loss to last years minor premiers, Eastern Districts. Having already secured first innings points, the Waratahs cut loose to post 5 for 171. Workers responded with an innings of 140, much better than their first innings of 62. It was the second time in as many matches that Workers have been required to bat twice. I suppose its one way of getting value for fees. Easts hauled in the requisite 30 runs to win by nine wickets.
Souths humble Alstonville
On a flat track Souths Len Blok (5 for 28) and Paul Fredricks (5 for 23) shared out the wickets as they rolled the redsoilers for 56 to take first innings points. Alstonville had used a soft pitch to tear through Souths for 74 last weekend, but they couldnt convert. Tail ended Terry Murphy (19) followed up his exploits with the ball by top scoring for Alstonville. Souths batted again, smashing 3 for 134 to get some much-needed batting practice.
Veteran Hawks secure first win
Norths Goonellabah RSL snuck over the line against Ballina Bears with Brad Walker, Adam Osbourne and Steve Lockhart all putting in to overhaul the Bears torturously slow 5 for 148.
Cavaliers carve up the Bar
After humbling Tintenbar East Ballinas highly regarded batting line-up last weekend, Casino thrived on Kingsford Smith Park, losing only two wickets as they swaggered across the line to first innings points. The ease of the win against last years premiers earmarks the Beef Capital blokes as the team to beat this year. Slammin Sam Irvine top scored again for Casino with an unbeaten 64.
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