Hawks? batsmen smash Cavaliers
By STEVE SPINKS
SWASHBUCKLING innings by lefties Rodney Wells and Joel Henderson on Saturday propelled Norths-Goonella-bah RSL to one of the biggest one-day totals in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket history.
The match between two of the strongest Hooker League teams ? Norths-Goonellabah RSL and the Casino Cavaliers ? was played as a one-dayer after the first weekend of the two-day match was washed out.
The Hawks blasted a massive 5-274 off 45 overs ? better than a run a ball.
The hard-hitting Wells set the tone for the innings with a quickfire 86.
He shared a 75-run opening stand with Brad Walker (10), who must have felt like he was watching a highlights package at the other end.
With Walker's departure, Henderson (88) kept the ball rolling.
The former NSW Country batsman was in top form, compiling his highest score of the season.
Sean Mead (22), Adam Osborne (15 not out) and Daniel Cox (14 not out) kept the runs flowing at the end of the innings.
In reply, the Cavaliers were never in the hunt, limping to 5-67 before rallying to be all out for 186.
The destroyer was Mead (5-25) with his medium-pacers.
He snared the first five wickets of the innings, including the prize scalps of captain Adam Shields and NSW Country Colt Sam Irvine.
Youngsters Sam Dietrich (70) and Scott Shephard (20 not out) gave the Cavs' innings some respectability.
The victory by the Hawks (38 points) has ensured they hang on to second spot for at least another round, while the Cavaliers (31 points) have slipped out of the top four.