Lennox captain stars in upset over Easts
CAPTAIN and all-rounder Shaun Savage starred as Lennox Head (6-171) upset Eastern Districts (138) at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore, in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket on Saturday.
The round was played as one-dayers after no play was possible the previous week due to rain-affected wickets.
Savage scored 37 not out after Paul Everingham had laid the foundation for the innings with 38 at the top of the order.
He then took two top-order wickets, conceding only 19 runs from his eight overs.
NSW Country representative Ian Gregory (3-21) did best with the ball for Easts, while Martin Tucker (34) was their only batsman to make much impression.
Easts were without young gun Tom Cooper and will surely miss his contribution with the bat when he leaves for university in Sydney in the second half of the season.
Sam Irvine (96) led the way as the Casino Cavaliers (5-183) chased down the competitive total set by Alstonville (7-181) at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
Irvine was unlucky not to make the NSW Country team after impressing in the Northern NSW trials at Maitland last month.
On Saturday he dominated the run chase after the home side had slipped to 4-52.
Cavaliers captain Adam Shields said his team had been confident if set anything under 200 on the good batting wicket at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Derek Partridge (63) led the way with the bat for Alstonville and made the most of an early let-off when caught on the boundary, only for fieldsman Wade Sweeney to fall over the line, resulting in a six.
Tintenbar-East Ballina (1-77) outclassed Lismore Workers (72) at Nielson Park, East Lismore.
Luke Shay, Mark Newstead and Brett Crawford each took three wickets for the 'Bar, then Mick Warburton (27 not out) top-scored in the short run chase.
In the other match, Ballina Bears (2-118) cruised to an easy win over Marist Brothers (114).
Andrew Gordon led the way for Bears, taking 5-18 from nine overs, then youngster Lee Barnett made short work of the victory target, opening the batting and scoring 72 not out.