Alstonville drawn in to wet-weatherblues
DESPITE losing only two games this season, Alstonville are on the verge of missing out on the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket semi-finals.
It's been a frustrating time for the fifth-placed team, coming off three consecutive draws because of the wet weather.
Captain Steve Robb is hopeful that the last round of the competition can at least be played as one-day matches if it is too wet this weekend.
"Any more rain would make it just about impossible to get on (at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar)," Robb said.
"It hasn't been played on or had any work on it in a couple of weeks.
"It's frustrating to get scores of 260 and 270 two games in a row and only get four points from it.
"But you know after Christmas that weather plays a big part and that's the situation we're in."
It won't be easy for them to sneak fourth coming up against competition leaders Cudgen on
Alstonville hasn't featured in the finals in recent years and looked unlikely at the start of the season.
They lost experienced players Nathan Collins, Mitchell Pickford, Terry Murphy and Kristiaan Ezzy in the off-season.
However Ezzy returned from Brisbane for the start of the season and they welcomed back experienced all-rounder Greg Potter.
Potter has been a standout in the competition this season with bat and ball.
Robb believes Cudgen and Ballina Bears deserve to be on top of the ladder, but after that the rest of the competition is wide open.
"If you consider where we came from at the start of the season we have to be happy," he said.
"You've got Ballina and Cudgen at the top with about five or six other teams fighting it out. I think the standard of the competition has been pretty good this season, especially with the batting."
Ballina Bears v Byron Bay (Fripp Oval, Ballina)
Alstonville v Cudgen (Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar)
Terranora Lakes v Marist Brothers (Bilambil)
Lennox Head v Tintenbar-East Ballina (Meagan Crescent, Lennox Head)
Murwillumbah v Pottsville (Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah)
Casino Cavaliers bye