Alstonville bats lead fightback
ALSTONVILLE recovered from a shaky 5-86 to post a winning total against Casino Cavaliers in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Steve Mison (79) and Jason Caught (86) came to the rescue with the bat for the red-soliers at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, on Saturday.
Their sixth-wicket partnership yielded 114 runs, helping take Alstonville to 267 from its 40 overs.
The Cavaliers battled hard in reply but still fell well short at 9-206.
Sam Irvine (70 not out) top-scored while Josh Pearce and Jordan McNally each took three wickets for the home team.
Defending premiers Cudgen cruised to an easy six-wicket win over Marist Brothers at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Brothers scored 9-170 from their 40 overs, with youngster Jack Cooper (33) and hard-hitting Stuart Rose (42) their best against a top-line bowling attack.
With Tait Burns hitting 51 not out, Cudgen needed only 30 overs to chase down the modest total.
Pottsville had a confidence-boosting win over a Lennox Head team that isn't looking as strong as in recent seasons.
Jayden Hoare (89) and Aaron Laycock combined for a 111-run partnership as Pottsville reached 5-241 after being sent in at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.
The home team struggled in reply until Jake Lyon (63) came in and found the boundary at No8, enabling Lennox to reach a respectable 185.
Ryan McCloy and Brent Middleton each took three wickets for Pottsville.
In the other game, Lee Pittavino (7-26) starred with the ball for Ballina Bears (7-238) in a win over cross-town rivals Tintenbar-East Ballina (222) at Kingsford Smith Park.
Earlier, Nick Watson (56), Tyson Cox (45 not out), Ben Carruthers (44) had led the way with the bat.