Arch rivals to lock horns again
THE on-field rivalry between Alstonville batsman Nathan Collins and Marist Brothers new-ball quick bowler Steve Prosser goes back a long way.
And today the two fierce competitors will lock horns once more in the Far North Coast Cricket LJ Hooker League two-day match at Hill Park, Alstonville.
The sixth-placed Alstonville needs to win to stay in touch with the top four.
Marist Brothers want to keep their undefeated run in the longer form of the game intact at the top of the table.
Collins always loves taking on Prosser and the Brothers boys.
"I know Steve can leak runs at times, so I like to take the attack to him and try to put him to the boundary," he said.
"We've played each other in a lot of rugby union and cricket games over the years and he's actually set to marry my cousin.
"There's always a lot of chat and friendly fire on the field between us."
Alstonville pummelled the Tintenbar-East Ballina bowlers in last Saturday's one-day game to notch up a memorable win, reaching their target of 240 after 38.2 overs.
Marist Brothers had a rare bad day against Ballina Bears, rolled for just 73.
The Bears then reached their target with nine wickets to spare in an anti-climax to what was a top-of-the-table clash.
Former captain of the 'Bar, Brett Crawford was disgusted with his team's performance against Alstonville.
"It was the worst bowling and fielding performance I've seen from this team in the last five to 10 years," he said.
"It wasn't acceptable after we batted really well.
"Maybe our match against stiffer opposition (at home to last season's finalists Cudgen at Kingsford Smith South) might bring out the best in us."
Workers Goonellabah will be in for a tough time against the Bears at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Workers Goonellabah were bowled out for a lowly 50 last Saturday against Terranora Lakes and the Bears are on a high after their big win over the Brothers.
"I think we've got the best culture in the league and I've got no problems in saying that," Ballina allrounder Lee Pittavino said.
"We're all great mates and we're looking forward to getting back into the two-day stuff where our bowlers can bowl more overs and our batsmen can bat longer."
Last season's premiers the Casino Cavaliers will be desperate for a win against the ninth-placed Pottsville at Seabreeze.
The Cavaliers are in fourth spot with one win, two washouts and a loss so far in the two-day competition.
"Hopefully the state of the pitch will be okay because we want to play," allrounder Mick Wood said.
And Byron Bay will travel to Bilambil to take on Terranora.
"We beat Terranora in our one-day match (on December 17 by seven wickets) so we've got the edge over them," Bay batsman Matt Irwin said.
"We put in a good team effort against the Cavaliers last Saturday, didn't collapse in our batting chase and reached a good total of 163 (chasing a target of 203)."