Lennox breaks through
By Steve Spinks
Led by inspirational captain Shaun Savage, Lennox Head have stormed into the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket semi-finals for the first time.
Savage, a former Brisbane first-grade all-rounder with Sunshine Coast, provided the catalyst as Lennox Head defeated Lismore Workers outright at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Saturday.
It meant the seasiders leapfrogged the Casino Cavaliers and Ballina Bears into fourth spot for their first semi-final berth since the inception of the Hooker League in 1994-95.
Savage bludgeoned 40 as Lennox Head added 70 runs in nine overs to their first-day stumps total of 4-149 before the skipper declared at 7-219 in reply to Workers' first innings 103.
Sixteen-year-old Rameesh Kassim supported his captain well, making 31 not out.
Workers made a slightly better fist of their second innings, reaching 127, with opener Jon Avila (49) and Matt Boyd (34) among the runs, but Savage left his mark again.
The skipper, normally a fast-medium bowler, took 5-31 bowling off-spin on a benign Oakes Oval pitch.
It left Lennox needing only 13 runs to win, which they reached without the loss of a wicket.
"Everyone (in the club) is very excited," Savage told The Northern Star last night.
"There is a real good feeling around the place.
"It (Oakes Oval) was a good deck but we bowled well and took some good catches."
Youngster James Everingham (2-27) and Glen Watkins (2-29) also bowled well for Lennox.
The seasiders now have the daunting task of facing defending premiers Southern Districts.
Souths have not lost a Hooker League match this season and were runaway minor premiers.
"We've had no problem bowling sides out," Savage said. "But we have our problems chasing modest totals. If we can get our batting right I'm confident enough in our attack."
Workers' defeat was their third outright loss in a row, but they still finished ahead of Alstonville and Marist Brothers on the points ladder.