Brothers, Bears play tie

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au

MARIST Brothers all-rounder Craig Ferguson was the toast of the Brethren on Saturday night after helping his team escape with a thrilling tie against Ballina Bears in Far North Coast L J Hooker League cricket. Ferguson bowled Ballina Bears tail- ender Adam Izzard in his final over at Heaps Oval, Lismore, to deny Bears victory and ensure his side a share of the points. It was an exciting finish to a match that both sides had claims to win. Brothers made 9-143 off a shortened 39 overs, with the two captains agreeing to the reduced overs due to the prospect of bad light later in the day. Luke Collings (28), Luke Cleaver (22), Craig Hamshaw (21) and Chris Matthews (21) all got starts, while Sam Adams (2-13) and Andrew Gordon (2-28) were the pick of the Bears' attack. Ballina limped to 5-65 before Dan Williams (29) and Sam Adams (40 not out) started the fightback. Bears progressed to 7-100 before Adams launched an extraordinary attack which included bludgeoning three big sixes off one Brothers over. Just when it looked likely that Adams would guide his side to victory, Ferguson and fast bowler Adam Thompson struck. Thompson removed all-rounder Jason Holmes for six, then Ferguson wrapped up the tail by taking the final two wickets. It meant Bears lost 3-7 to tie the match. Thompson finished with 3-28 and Ferguson 2-18. They were aided by Jay Harris (2-18) and Dom Marsh (2-57). "It was a really good game," Bears captain Andrew Gordon said. "Sam Adams' three big sixes in one over got us back into it. "We were down and out until then. "But it was just a really good game of cricket."



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