Bears beat the storm
By PAUL ATTEWELL
BALLINA Bears came away with the only win in LJ Hooker League cricket before storms hit the Far North Coast on Saturday, bowling out Alston-ville at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Alstonville resumed at 2-18 and fell 50 runs short of Bears' first innings 147.
Shane Jacobs, who played in Bears' premiership-winning team of 1995-96, turned back the clock to claim 5-18 from 10 overs, including the key wicket of Greg Potter before stumps on the first day.
Captain Andrew Gordon chipped in with 3-31.
For Alstonville, only Steve Robb (23) and Josh Murphy (25) provided much resistance with the bat.
The win puts Bears back into semi-final contention, now less than a win out of the top four.
There was no play between Norths-Goonellabah RSL (6-238) and Lennox Head at Heaps Oval, Lismore, where bicycles apparently had been ridden over the covered wicket.
The umpire ruled that the marks on the otherwise playable pitch were sufficient reason to abandon the match.
It almost certainly wouldn't have mattered, with the storm hitting Lismore about 4pm.
When it came, at adjacent Oakes Oval Easts had crawled to 4-78 from 42 overs on a slow wicket in reply to Tintenbar-East Ballina's 283.
Bruce Jobson scored 20 and Lee Pittavino 26.
Jason Stewart and Luke Shay each picked up two wickets for the 'Bar.
The match at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore, was evenly poised, with Marist Brothers 4-132 chasing Workers' 216.
Pat Foran (44), Craig Hamshaw (28 not out) and Luke Cleaver (25) had put Brothers in with a chance, while David Lovett had taken two wickets with his left-arm orthodox spin.
At Queen Elizabeth Park, the Casino Cavaliers were struggling at 6-85 in pursuit of Souths' 166.
Adam Shields scored 36 for the Cavaliers before being run out, but with Northern NSW Country Colts representative batsman Sam Irvine looking good on 16 when the storm hit, the home team still rated itself some chance.
Seamer Craig Bateman and off-spinner Paul McLean each took two wickets for the defending premiers.
Points: Easts 32, Casino Cavaliers 29, Tintenbar-East Ballina 26, Marist Brothers 20, Lennox Head 20, Ballina Bears 17, Souths 17, Alstonville 16, Workers 16, Norths-Goonellabah RSL 11.