Destroyer Al is off to the Test
By STEVE SPINKS
CASINO Cavaliers fast bowler Al Nowlan has put his side in a commanding position against Lennox Head at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Nowlan picked up a leg-before decision with his first ball of the season and then bowled two more batsman in an amazing opening 11 deliveries which yielded 3-0.
Lennox Head are 3-1 in reply to Casino's 177.
However, the seasiders will not have to contend with Nowlan this Saturday as he will be at the Super Series Test in Sydney.
"Al just destroyed them," captain Adam Shields said.
"It's the best opening over of a season I think I've seen."
Earlier, newly selected Northern NSW Under-21 Emu Colts batsman Todd Summers top-scored for the Cavs with 43, while Sam Irvine hit 40.
Adam Shields (27), Scott Shepherd (24) and Mal Hancock (22) also chimed in to help Casino to 177.
Youngster Rameesh Kassim (4-14) and spinner Jordan Waugh (2-46) were the pick of the Lennox bowlers.
Tintenbar-East Ballina opening batsman Brett Crawford guided his team to a strong position against cross-town rivals the Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
He hit 91 and the 'Bar were 4-208 when bad light stopped play.
Crawford's innings led the way, but No4 Kent Shay (49) also contributed significantly.
Sam Adams picked up 2-54 during a tough opening day for Bears.
Last season's wooden-spooners Marist Brothers are on top in their match against Norths-Goonellabah RSL at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore.
Brothers rolled the Hawks for 92 in difficult conditions and are 0-23 in reply.
Opening bowler Adam Thompson was the destroyer for the Brethren, picking up 4-16 in a lively display.
His new ball partner Jay Harris snared 3-23 and new signing Don Marsh finished with 2-28.
Only Norths-Goonellabah RSL captain Adam Osborne looked comfortable with the bat, making 28.
Eastern Districts and Southern Districts are locked in a tight contest at Nielson Park, East Lismore.
Easts made 163 with Martin Tucker (41) and Jake McKinnon (35) the pick of the batsmen, but captain Bruce Jobson doubts the total will be enough.
On debut, Matt Parrish, the son of Souths batsman Rex Parrish, picked up 3-32. Len Blok (2-28) and Paul McLean (2-39) supported the youngster well.
But Souths were stung late in the day to be 2-18 in reply, with Easts pacemen Ian Gregory and Jake McKinnon chipping in with a wicket each.