Norths do it in style

By Paul Attewell

A FEW weeks of dry weather was all it took for Norths' powerful batting to dominate the Lismore District first-grade cricket play-offs, culminating with a comfortable win over Marist Brothers at the weekend.

Norths (8-328 cc) from 90 overs defeated Marist Brothers (167) in the final at Oakes Oval for their first major premiership since the inaugural LJ Hooker League season of 1994-95.

As Norths-Goonellabah RSL they also reached consecutive Hooker League finals in 2002-03, losing to Tintenbar-East Ballina, and 2003-04, losing to Southern Districts.

Their last Lismore District premiership was in 1982-83.

Captain Brad Walker led the way for Norths with 75. Ben Perry (65), Adam Osborne (49), Nathan Bonamy (47) and Daniel Hughes (39) were also among the runs.

Julian Saye took four wickets for Brothers, Stuart Fiedler two and Mark Ellem two.

In reply, Brothers lost three quick wickets and never really looked like chasing down the runs.

The experienced Fiedler (67 not out) played a lone hand with the bat.

Walker and Josh Hanley each took three wickets for Norths and Bonamy picked up two.

The win came the weekend after Norths scored a massive 457 in their semi-final against Goonellabah at adjacent Heaps Oval - a feather in the cap of Lismore curators who have produced some great wickets after the wettest summer in years.

Walker said the win came as a big relief.

We knew we had enough depth of former Hooker League players to do it this season, he said.

We had the talent but with all the rain struggled to get the chance to show what we could do.


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