Hawks edge past Tintenbar for second spot in semi-finals

By Steve Spinks

Norths-Goonellabah RSL sealed a semi-final position in Far North Coast L JHooker League cricket and leapfrogged Tintenbar-East Ballina into second place with an outright win over a depleted Eastern Districts at Heaps Oval, Lismore, on Saturday.

In reply to Easts' first innings 177, the Hawks cruised to 4-198 before declaring in a quest for maximum points, with Dan Henderson (68), Rodney Wells (45), Brad Walker (41 not out) and Sean Mead (24) all contributing to the total.

Easts were dealt a body blow early on the second day when three players had to leave early due to a wedding.

It meant there was no fightback as Easts were rolled for 82 in the second innings with captain Bruce Jobson playing a lone hand with 45.

Needing 64 off 25 overs, the Hawks reached the target in 4.3 astonishing overs as Wells (56 not out) let rip.

The Casino Cavaliers claimed first- innings points over Marist Brothers at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, but it was not enough to earn a semi-final position.

The Cavaliers declared at 4-142 in reply to Brothers' first innings 138 with Andrew Shields (39) and Todd Summers (31) top scoring.

Casino then sent the Brethren back in searching for the outright victory, but the visitors showed enough pluck to reach 9-130, denying the Cavs a semi-final spot.

A well struck 86 by Tintenbar-East Ballina all-rounder Luke Shay ensured a first-innings victory over Alstonville at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina.

Phil Dalli supported Shay with a patient 30 not out as the 'Bar declared at 3-161 in reply to Alstonville's 138.

Tintenbar-East Ballina then tried to force an outright result without success.

It meant the 'Bar dropped from second place to third and could be disadvantaged if next weekend is affected by rain.

As expected, minor premiers Southern Districts cruised to a first-innings victory over Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval, Ballina.

Bears stumbled to be all out for 126 in reply to Souths' massive 7-276 declared.

Sam Adams (26 not out) was the only Ballina batsman to reach 20.

Off-spinner Paul McLean (3-30) was the pick of the Souths attack.

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