Alstonville wags tail in LJ Hooker League
IT WAS on for young and old when teenage tailender Mitchell Pearce and Alstonville veteran Greg Potter steered Alstonville to a win against the Ballina Bears in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Alstonville were struggling at 7-74 at stumps a week earlier and were 9-85 when Pearce came to the crease at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Pearce and Potter steered Alstonville to victory as the pair put on a final wicket stand of 57-runs, chasing 113 for the first innings win.
Potter, usually an opening batsman, came in at the bottom of the order after missing the first week of play.
The pair eclipsed the Ballina total and reached 142 to give their side a chance of chasing an outright win.
But the Bears held out, finishing 4-120 after Justin Moore's handy 59.
Elsewhere Casino opener Dan Moreton fell just short of his second century of the season against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
Morton was dismissed on 98 as the Cavaliers had a convincing six-wicket win chasing down the total of 235.
Fellow opener Caleb McIntyre produced his highest score of the season with 61while top order-batsman Sam Irvine contributed with an unbeaten 45.
The win kept Casino in touch with the finals just two points behind fourth-placed Marist Brothers.
The 'Bar are stuck in seventh in a disappointing summer after making the final against Cudgen last season.
Lennox Head remain at the top of the ladder after a comprehensive win against bottom-placed Murwillumbah at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah.
All-rounder Adam Armistead did the damage with the ball taking 5-24 as Murwillumbah were dismissed for a paltry 94 after Lennox declared on 9-221 the week earlier.
Part-timer Adam Fisher took three wickets as Lennox Head narrowly missed out on an outright win with Murwillumbah 9-137 in the second innings.
Marist Brothers were also chasing an outright win against Terranora Lakes at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
All-rounder Nick De Giusti scored 52 runs as Brothers declared 8-201 after Terranora were bowled all out for 170.
They had 19 overs to attack Terranora but fell well short with the visitors 2-55 at stumps.
And Cudgen went on to beat Pottsville at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
A five-wicket haul to all-rounder Craig Wilson dismissed Pottsville for 134 - four runs short of the Cudgen first innings total.
Cudgen declared at 6-181 in the second innings after opening batsman Jesse Harrington scored a half century.
Pottsville held on at 9-120 to deny Cudgen an outright win.
ALSTONVILLE V BALLINA BEARS
(at Fripp Oval, Ballina)
1st innings Ballina Bears 112 all out
1st innings Alstonville 142 all out (Luke Smith 32, Greg Potter, 31, Mitchell Pearce 25; Sam Adams 3-28)
2nd innings Ballina Bears 4-120 (Justin Moore 59)
Casino Cavaliers v Tintenbar-East Ballina
(at Kingsford Smith Park)
1st innings Tintenbar-East Ballina 231 all out
1st innings Casino Cavaliers 4-235 (Dan Moreton 98, Caleb McIntyre 61, Sam Irvine 45 not out)
MARIST BROTHERS V TERRANORA LAKES
(at Oakes Oval, Lismore)
1st innings Terranora Lakes 170 all out
1st innings Marist Brothers 8-201 declared (Nick De Giusti 52, Brad Cleaver 27; Michael Gardner 3-45)
Terranora Lakes 2nd innings (Paul Sutcliffe 26 not out)
MURWILLUMBAH V LENNOX HEAD
(at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah)
1st innings Lennox Head 9-221 declared
1st innings Murwillumbah 94 all out (Adam Housen 12; Adam Armistead 5-34)
2nd innings Murwillumbah 9-137 (Adam Fisher 3-17)
POTTSVILLE V CUDGEN
(at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville)
1st innings Cudgen 134 all out
1st innings Pottsville 130 (Jayden Hoare 63; Craig Wilson 5-21)
2nd innings Cudgen 6-181 declared (Jesse Harrington 54, Alec Williams 44)
2nd innings Pottsville 9-120 (Craig Wilson 3-14)
Lennox Head (PL6, 42pts), Ballina Bears (6, 34), Alstonville (6, 32), Marist Brothers (6, 32), Casino (6, 30), Cudgen (5, 28), Tintenbar-East Ballina (6, 27), Terranora (6, 10), Pottsville (5, 8), Murwillumabh (6, 7).
ROUND SEVEN ACTION (February 1/8): Cudgen v Murwillumbah; Casino v Pottsville; Lennox Head v Ballina; Tintenbar-East Ballina v Marist Brothers Lismore; Alstonville v Terranora. No matches next week owing to the long weekend break.