NORTHS all-rounder Nathan Bonamy inspired the Lismore representative cricket team to a thrilling five-run victory over Tweed in the first round of the Webb Shield at Nielson Park, East Lismore, yesterday. Bonamy, long regarded as one of Lismore's best cricketers, has not been available for rep duties for several seasons. However, after answering an SOS from Lismore selectors the Norths right-hander scored a well-timed 30 and snared 4-42 at the death to help the locals record their first Webb Shield win
"Nathan had a big day," vice-captain Dominic Marsh said. "He was an obvious standout for us and it's good to have him back."
But Bonamy was not alone. The young Lismore side, which includes seven teenagers, amassed 213 after being sent in. Bonamy, Matt Parrish (27), Daniel Rowlands (24) and Craig Attewell (26) provided the home team with a solid start before captain Jake McKinnon starred in a brief cameo of 33 not out to push Lismore well over the 200 mark. In reply, Tweed looked in control with opener Terry Wilson (66) leading the way. However, the middle-order fell away with Bonamy running rampant, while McKinnon also played his part, taking 2-42. But the visitors came close to taking the win with the tail fighting a rearguard action. A run-out by Attewell finished the innings with one ball to spare and Tweed five runs short. "It was a great win," Marsh said. "The improvement since last year was noticeable. "It was a good all-round performance and we were lucky to have some of the experienced guys back." Lismore will now take on Ipswich next Sunday at Ipswich before playing Lower Clarence in the first round of the SCG Cup on October 28.
SCOREBOARD LISMORE v TWEED (at Nielson Park, East Lismore) Tweed won the toss LISMORE innings: L Cleaver, lbw Anderson510 M Pickford, b Carroll51 D Rowlands, c Chapman b Gray524 M Parrish, c b Gray527 N Bonamy, c Anderson b Gray530 C Attewell, run out526 J Cowin, st b King518 B Cooper, c Clarke b Thompson52 J McKinnon, not out533 M Knapman, lbw Thompson52 D Marsh, run out58 Sundries532 TOTAL5213 Fall: 3 40 68 100 110 152 158 158 177 213. Bowling: M Anderson 10-1-21-1, C Carroll 5-0-44-1, D King 5-0-25-1, M Gray 10-2-31-3, A Chapman 5-0-35-0, T Wilson 5-0-31-0, G Thompson 10-2-21-2. TWEED innings: T Wilson, c Cooper b Marsh566 C Harvey, c Cooper b Cowin520 M Gray, b Parrish51 A Laycock, c Knapman b Bonamy511 A Chapman, c Marsh b Bonamy545 P Dillon, c Harris b McKinnon512 J Clarke, lbw Bonamy50 J Wilson, lbw Bonamy512 G Thompson, c Cooper b McKinnon56 M Anderson, not out511 C Carroll, run out511 Sundries513 TOTAL5208 Fall: 37 42 69 149 164 168 169 186 186 208. Bowling: J Harris 6-1-25-0, J McKinnon 10-1-42-2, M Parrish 8-1-32-1, J Cowin 6-0-16-1, D Marsh 10-0-42-1, N Bonamy 9.5-0-44-4. Lismore won.