Easts flex muscles
By STEVE SPINKS
EASTERN Districts flexed their premiership muscles with an impressive outright win over Marist Brothers at Blair Oval, Lismore, in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket on Saturday.
Easts made 4-222 declared off only 39 overs as first Dale Ledger (39) and then Daniel Rowlands (37) made good progress.
Their good start was continued by captain Bruce Jobson (61) and boom colt Tom Cooper (71 not out).
In reply, the Brethren were bundled out for 65, with Easts fast bowlers Ian Gregory (4-10) and Brett Ruttley (4-11) causing havoc.
Lennox Head claimed their first win of the season, securing first innings points against Alstonville at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
David Ryan (31 not out) and all-rounder Glen Watkins (20 not out) guided Lennox to victory after they were on shaky ground at 6-118 chasing 163.
Opening bowlers Ben Johnston (3-38) and Scott Petty (3-53) toiled hard, bowling 58 overs between them.
Ballina Bears fought hard at Fripp Oval, Ballina, but it was not enough to take first inning points against the Casino Cavaliers.
Bears made 197 with Neil Lollback (39), Dan Williams (35) and Andrew Gordon (29) the best of the batsmen, but it was short of the Cavs' 244.
Young bowlers Wade Sweeney (4-25) and Scott Shephard (4-44) stood tall for Casino.
Defending premiers Southern Districts continued their good early season form with a first innings win over Tintenbar-East Ballina at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore.
Souths' 161 was too much for the 'Bar, which could manage only 75, Mick Lucas top-scoring with 20.
Len Blok (3-15) and Craig Bateman (2-19) were impressive for Souths.
Points: Norths-Goonellabah RSL 19, Easts 16, Souths 14, Ballina Bears 8, Casino Cavaliers 8, Lennox Head 8, Workers 8, Marist Brothers 7, Tintenbar-East Ballina 5, Alstonville 2.