Four-cornered contest - Flat Track Bully
THE Far North Coast LJ Hooker League finals are shaping as a great contest between Souths, Lennox Head, Norths-Goonellabah RSL and Tintenbar-East Ballina.
But the absence of former powerhouses Easts and the Casino Cavaliers from the final four sticks out like Ian Thorpe contesting the swimming events at the Lismore Masters Games.
In the 11-year history of the Hooker League, this is the first season when both Easts and Casino have missed the semis.
The Cavs have played in eight final series for two premiership, while Easts have contested seven semi-finals.
Easts have never won a Hooker League final.
THREE catches by a fieldsman in an innings is not that common; four is quite rare.
But what about five in an innings?
Goonellabah RSL's Mitchell Wilson took four catches in a recent Lismore District reserve grade match against Workers at Richards Oval, including one excellent catch on the boundary.
Two weeks later another Goonellabah RSL fieldsman, Craig Attewell, held five in a fourth grade match against Easts at Clifford Park.
It must be catching.
Heath ... cookin'
A BIT of time away from the game works wonders sometimes.
Byron Bay fourth-grader Heath Chigwidden hasn't been able to play much this season due to work commitments in the cafe in town he operates with his mother.
A couple of weeks ago, though, he filled in, arriving an hour late and batted low in the order against Bangalow at the Byron Bay Recreation Ground.
It didn't stop him scoring his first century (119) ... and he's been playing cricket since Kanga.
In fact, its been a good few weeks for Heath, the son of Byron Shire News editor Gary Chigwidden.
Last week his team PMD won the popular Byron Bay twilight comp, beating Town and Country in the final, also at the Recreation Ground.
DEAR Flat Track Bully,
Congratulations on your article on Eastern Districts batsman Joel Parrey and Casino Cavaliers captain Adam Shields in The Northern Star, February 23.
Parrey was bowled twice by Shields in the space of 24 hours, in two separate matches each time on the third ball he faced.
But I believe every good story has a climax and unfortunately you missed it.
The scoreboard clearly showed in The Northern Star, February 21, that Shields scored 123 against Easts during their two-day match.
But who caught him out?
? from a proud grandmother, Rae Ireland.
FAR North Coast Junior Interdistrict was wrapped up over the weekend with Lismore winning three of the four divisions.
Lismore White defeated Ballina in the Under-16s, but special mention should be made of Ballina batsman Paul Kenyon who top-scored with 91.
Lismore knocked over Ballina in the Under-14s with another Ballina player, Billy Bruce, winning man of the match honours for his 52 not out and for taking 2-32 with the ball.
Ballina turned the tables on Lismore in the Under-13s, with Ballina batsman Abe Crawford the standout with 49 not out.
Lismore won the Under-12s over Ballina with Lismore all-rounder Daniel Winkler-Maloney the man of the match.
SOME say Australia's dominance of International cricket is making the game boring.
But Flat Track Bully will never, ever, ever, ever, ever tire of watching the Aussies flog New Zealand.
Let's hope the demolition continues when the Test matches start later this week.
It almost makes you feel sorry for outspoken Kiwi coach John Bracewell ... almost.
It's not cricket
JUST to finish off with another whinge, Flat Track Bully hates to see contrived results from Pura Cup, or should that be Sheffield Shield, matches.
Take Tasmania's extremely sporting declaration to NSW this week, which kept the Blues in contention for a final when they won outright points.
The Blues were rewarded for one day of good cricket, while Tasmania missed out after dominating the match for the first three days.
Is this cricket?
It distorts the pointscore and rewards average performances.
NSW don't deserve to be anywhere near the final of being thrashed by Western Australia last week added to their less than impressive win over the Tasmanians.
Flat Track Bully believes if a team isn't good enough to get a result within four days, so be it.
Let's not reward mediocrity.
? Paul Attewell, Steve Spinks