Blok digs Lennox a watery grave
By STEVE SPINKS
LENARD BLOK was the toast of a subdued Southern Districts changeroom yesterday after he bowled his side into a second consecutive Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket final.
Blok, a former Sydney first-grade all-rounder, decimated an unlucky Lennox Head batting line-up with his fast-medium bowling and ended with the outstanding figures of 6-23 off 25 overs.
Even though he was assisted by a pitch affected by water (see report back page), it still required Blok to bowl on the spot.
"Lenard bowled really well," Souths captain Richard Nind said.
"He's the sort of bowler who will take advantage if there is anything in the wicket.
"He took six of the seven wickets to fall today."
Nind admitted he and his side felt for Lennox Head considering the circumstances surrounding the pitch conditions.
Lennox resumed at 3-51 yesterday chasing Souths' moderate total of 165.
However, Blok and the conditions conspired against them and they lost seven wickets for 19 runs.
Only opener Mark Denmeade (29) made any headway against a persistent Souths attack ? and his runs were scored on the first day.
On Saturday, Souths posted a competitive 165 with No4 batsman Michael Nind top-scoring with a well-made 70.
Blok (35) was the only other batsman to score more than 11 as the well-balanced Lennox Head attack took its chances.
Glen Watkins (3-53), Ben Legzdins (2-19), Shaun Savage (2-41) and Mark Denmeade (2-63) all bowled well.
However, the wet wicket basically decided the match before a ball was bowled yesterday.
"It was an anti-climax," Lennox Head captain Shaun Savage said.
"It's a shame because it was looking like it would be a good game."
But it's not all doom and gloom for Lennox, who were contesting their first Hooker League semi-final over the weekend after a history of being the competition easybeats.
"The attitude at the club has changed," Savage said.
"As far as A-grade goes, we used to turn up and get flogged.
"Now we turn up expecting to win."
Despite the controversy with the wet wicket, the final between Souths and Tintenbar-East Ballina cannot be disputed.
They have been the best two teams all season.
Souths are undefeated in two-day matches, while the 'Bar have lost only once ? to Souths early in the season.
It will be Souths' second consecutive final, while Tintenbar have appeared in four of the past five, and five of the past seven, winning two premierships.
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS v LENNOX HEAD
(at Oakes Oval, Lismore)
Southern Districts won the toss
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1st innings:
A Nind, c Marsh b Savage 2 R Parrish, c Marsh b Denmeade 6 P McLean, c Savage b Watkins 11 M Nind, c J Everingham b Legzdins 70 N Rose, c Marsh b Legzdins 14 R Nind, b Watkins 0 L Blok, b Watkins 35 S Coster, c Savage b Denmeade 8 C Bateman, c Marsh b Savage 4 D McDonald, b Denmeade 2 P Fredericks, not out 0
Fall: 11 11 44 112 112 114 135 154 163 165.
Bowling: M Denmeade 19-5-63-2, S Savage 15-3-41-2, G Watkins 16-3-35-3, B Legzdins 14-5-19-2.
LENNOX HEAD 1st innings:
P Everingham, c M Nind b Fredericks 14 M Denmeade, c M Nind b Blok 29 J Peterson, run out 0 D Marsh, lbw Fredericks 2 D Ryan, c M Nind b Blok 11 T Fisher, c R Nind b Blok 3 S Savage, b Blok 5 R Kassim, c M Nind b Blok 0 J Everingham, not out 3 G Watkins, c Parrish b Blok 0 B Legzdins, c Parrish b Coster 3
Fall: 32 33 35 60 63 68 71 72 72 79.
Bowling: L Blok 25-13-23-6, C Bateman 23-8-24-0, P Fredericks 11-7-6-2, S Coster 7-2-11-1, P McLean 4-2-5-0.
Southern Districts won.