Final four all but decided with two rounds to go
By Adam Hicks firstname.lastname@example.org IT’S no longer a matter of which teams will make it. The question is, in which order will they finish?
The four finalists of the Far North Coast Cricket LJ Hooker League are all-but decided with two rounds still remaining on regular play.
Cudgen had little trouble disposing of Marist Brothers at Nesbitt Park, Lismore.
Brothers batted first and reached 7-116 as Craig Ferguson top scored with an unbeaten 48 and Toby Collings posted 39. In reply, Cudgen made light work of the chase reaching 6-119 from 28 overs.
The win keeps Cudgen in second place with two tough rounds remaining against Casino Cavaliers and Southern Districts.
Casino Cavaliers ensured they remain in fourth position with a 50-run win over Alstonville at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
Remarkably, the Cavaliers highest contributor was the Alstonville bowlers who donated 43 extras.
Todd Summers and Mal Hancock both scored 33 as the Cavaliers reached 8-170. Hancock also snared 3-15 as Alstonville were all out for 120.
The Nind family put on a show at Oakes Oval, Lismore, as Southern Districts ended Ballina Bears’ four-game winning streak and slim finals chances.
The Bears were in a strong position at 2-90 after 20 overs but a batting order collapse saw them lose their last eight wickets for 59 runs.
Josh Fleming top scored with 42 and was well supported by Andrew Gordon with 39.
Fourteen-year-old Jake Nind starred with the ball snaring 4-25.
With the bat it was Jake’s uncle, Anthony, who did the damage, top scoring with 51 as Souths reached 3-x 147 from 32 overs. Paul McLean posted an unbeaten 41 and Jake’s father Richard made 21 at the top of the order.
Souths sit just one point behind Cudgen and are eagerly awaiting their final round, two-day clash.
Lismore Workers slipped into second last on the competition ladder with a four-wicket loss to Murwillumbah at John Rabjones Oval.
Workers were bowled out for 114 with Jeremy Cowin scoring 26. Murwillumbah made 6-116.
South Tweed Colts pulled off a final-over win against Terranora Lakes at Bilambil Turf.
Set 113 for victory, the visitors finished with 8-117 after scoring the winning runs in the last over.
Competition pointscore: Tintenbar 66, Cudgen 64, Southern Districts 63, Casino 58, Byron Brunswick 47, Ballina 45, Lennox Head 44, Alstonville 41, South Tweed Colts 41, Murwillumbah 38, TLCC 37, Pottsville 29, Lismore Workers 27, Marist Brothers 20.