Norths claim mammoth victory

By Adam Hicks sport@northernstar.com.au A 233-run partnership to veterans Adam Osborne and Nathan Bonamy has led Norths to a whopping 363-run win over Goonellabah in their Lismore District first grade semi final at Heaps Oval, Lismore.

The pair of '30-somethings' came together at 2-33 and helped Norths, who were sent into bat, reach 8-454 after the Goonellabah attack struck early.

The total is believed to be one of the largest ever scores in local cricket.

"We had to work pretty hard for the first hour until the pitch flattened out and the sun dried it," Bonum said.

"Adam set the foundation. He's the one who dominated them and tore the heart out of them.

"I probably just cashed in later when they were stuffed. It was good fun."

Osborne reached 134 while Bonamy when on to post a massive 190.

"I worked hard for the first 100, but once I reached it I just pinned my ears back and upped the ante," Bonamy said. "Adam went from 50 to 100 in no time. It was good fun watching him."

Osborne chalked up 17 4s and three 6s while Bonamy smashed 11 6s and 17 4s before he was caught on the boundary.

Goonellabah part-time bowler Guy Walmsley snared 6-71 and Craig Attewell held five catches.

In reply, Goonellabah lost a wicket in their first over before crashing to be all out for 94.

"I would've liked to see them dig in a little bit more but they were probably shell-shocked after (Saturday)," Bonamy said.

Across town, Marist Brothers booked their final berth against Norths with an 89-run win over Easts at Nesbitt Park.

Ben Collings top-scored with 64 and Daniel Cleaver added 46 as Brothers reached 264.

In reply, Easts were bowled out for 175.

Lismore first grade: Norths 457 (N Bonamy 190, A Osborne 132, D Hughes 41 no; G Walmsley 6-71) d Goonellabah Sports Club 94 (C Latimer 32, S Gow 19, D Rose 12; J Bryant 2-0, M Hall 2-20) at Heaps Oval, Lismore.

Marist Brothers 264 (D Cleaver 46, C Hosking 15, J Prosser 26, S Fiedler 40, C Matthews 11, B Collings 64, S Flannery 34, M Harley 3-52, B Jobson 3-50, S McEwan 2-17) d Easts 175 (B Jobson 19, T Sommerville 29, A Gradowski 18, M Harley 35, S McEwan 21, M Ellem 4-41, S Fiedler 2-31, C Matthews 2-29) at Nesbitt Park, Lismore.



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