Freddo defies the years to take 5-17
By Steve Spinks
SOUTHERN Districts fast-medium bowler Paul Fredericks snared 5-17 from 12 lively overs to give the defending premiers the momentum in their L J Hooker League cricket match against Marist Brothers at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore.
Brothers were cruising at 0-72 on Saturday, with openers Luke Collings (32) and Luke Cleaver (37) setting the foundations of a big score.
However, Fredericks had other ideas. After bowling Collings, the big policeman combined with off-spinner Paul McLean (4-26) to wreck Brothers' innings for 139.
In reply, Souths are 1-58 after Len Blok made a cameo as opener with a quickfire 40.
Blok is unavailable next Saturday, so captain Richard Nind promoted him from the middle order.
Meanwhile, Lismore Workers recovered from being 5-42 to make a competitive 188 against Byron-Brunswick at Heaps Oval, Lismore.
Jeremy Cowin (52) and Al Glasby (40) saved the Workers batting line-up from complete embarrassment before Dominic Marsh (20) and Jason Caught (26) added some valuable runs late in the innings.
Dave Thompson was the pick of the Byron-Brunswick bowlers with 4-38.
At Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, Alstonville struggled to 129 against Murwillumbah after teenager Tuk Rolfe top-scored for the plateau team with 52.
Rolfe was the only batsman to look comfortable. although captain Steve Robb did make 21.
In reply, Murwillumbah are struggling at 3-19. Tintenbar-East Ballina look in charge in their match against Cudgen at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina, after Brett Crawford claimed 5-48.
Crawford cashed in on the Cudgen tail while fast bowler Mark Newstead (4-30) took his toll on the visitors' top order.
The 'Bar will resume at 2-70 with Phil Dalli (36 not out) and Mick Warburton (32) giving the home side a bright start.
Bears on top Toby Hordern's 44 not out lifted Ballina Bears to the dominant position in their match against Pottsville at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Hordern helped guide the hosts to 2-60 after Pottsville made 149.
Shane Staples (4-13) was the pick of the Bears attack after initially being unavailable for this season.
A fighting 39 not out by captain Mal Hancock gave the Casino Cavaliers a chance against South Tweed Colts at Dave Burns Turf on the Tweed.
Hancock and Al Nowlan (29) staged a lower-order fightback to help the Cavaliers to 170 after only Sam Irvine (38) at first drop made runs at the top of the order. In reply, Colts are 3-91.