Pat?s hat-trick cleans up tail
By STEVE SPINKS
MARIST Brothers left-arm medium-pacer Pat Foran wrapped up victory over Lismore Workers with a sensational hat-trick in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket on Saturday.
Foran finished off Workers' bold run-chase for 178 at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore, after the young Workers line-up had given themselves a chance of reaching Brothers' first innings score of 279.
"It was a good way to end the day," Brothers captain Luke Collings said.
"They (Workers) gave us a bit of a scare earlier. They were 4-160 at tea and probably on top, but it was all over half an hour later."
Brothers off-spinner Dean Collings went close to claiming a hat-trick only a few overs earlier by picking up middle-order batsmen Alan Glasby and Steven Hughes with consecutive balls.
But the prize went to Foran, who has played for Brothers since his junior days.
His figures of 4-20 off six overs capped a fine game after he had scored 22 the previous Saturday.
Another Marist Brothers bowler also picked up the Hooker League's first hat-trick of the season last summer.
Fast bowler Steve Arnett claimed his fifth hat-trick against Eastern Districts.
On Saturday, Workers' top-order showed they could mature into a dangerous combination.
Wes Koskela (42), Jon Avila (35) and Matt Legge (30) all showed potential, with Koskela and Legge ? both from Evans Head ? particularly impressive in their first-grade debuts.
Koskela was the Lismore District Junior Cricketer of the Year last season.
An unbeaten eighth-wicket partnership of 45 ensured defending premiers Southern Districts first innings points against the Casino Cavaliers at Nielson Park, East Lismore.
Souths were in mighty trouble at 8-141 chasing the Cavs' 175.
But 45 not out from fast bowler Scott Coster and a valuable 20 not out from Dale McDonald gave Souths an important win.
Casino medium-pacer Jason Myers picked up 5-39 in his first-grade debut, while Michael Nind (40), Richard Nind (28) and Brad Lofts (25) contributed well to Souths' total.
At Kingsford Smith Park South, Ballina, the match between Eastern Districts and Tintenbar-East Ballina finished in a draw after play was abandoned due to bad light.
The game was on a knife's edge with Easts 8-269 chasing the Bar's 308.
Captain Bruce Jobson (81), youngster Tom Cooper (50), all-rounder Brett Ruttley (46) and fast bowler Ian Gregory (34 not out) batted well for Easts, while Mark Newstead (3-40) and Dave Tickle (2-35) were the pick of the bowlers.