13 ALL OUT!

By STEVE SPINKS

THIRTEEN!

It's the number of players on a rugby league team.

It's a baker's dozen.

It's also the number of runs Lismore Workers managed in their second innings against Norths-Goonellabah RSL on Saturday at Nielson Park, East Lismore, in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.

It's by far the lowest score in 11 seasons of Hooker League and players from both teams were left dumbfounded after the match, which was won outright by Norths-Goonellabah RSL.

Remarkably, Workers had claimed first innings points, dismissing the Hawks for 148, two runs short of their total of 150.

Michael Knight took 4-26 for Workers while Norths-Goonellabah RSL batsman Nathan Bonamy top-scored for the Hawks with 31.

It was Workers' first winning points since returning to the Hooker League this season after a two-year break.

Unfortunately, whatever Lismore Workers took out of their first innings victory was soon lost as Bonamy wrecked their second innings.

The right-arm medium-pacer took 7-5 off seven overs, ending up with match figures of 11-58.

However, if the 31-year-old had got his way earlier in the day, he wouldn't have been bowling.

Bonamy was disappointed with a leg-before decision he received while batting and to make matters worse he was in a hurry to get away early because of a friend's bucks party on the Gold Coast.

"I was pretty fired up," Bonamy laughed.

"I really wanted to get up to the Gold Coast, so I was pumped up on all counts.

"It was pretty satisfying to get on a roll, though."

Workers were without star young batsmen Wes Koskela and Matt Legge, who were on representative duty with Far North Coast Under-17s, and also the experienced Alan Glasby.

However, it was a lamentable performance.

"I'm just a trundler," Bonamy admitted.

"I bowled all right, but I don't think the batting was that flash."

Workers' top score was shared between Les McGuire and Matt Boyd with five runs each, while seven batsmen 'ducked' their responsibility.

Norths-Goonellabah RSL hit the winning runs in 10 balls.



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