Brad Lofts sets off for a run for Southern Districts in their game against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Oakes Oval.
Brad Lofts sets off for a run for Southern Districts in their game against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Oakes Oval.

Rain puts the skids on cricket

By STEVE SPINKS

RAIN, rain go away.

At least that's what Far North Coast cricketers are saying after most of the region's weekend matches have been washed out.

All Ballina wickets have been closed, along with all Lismore turf wickets.

However, a decision on Lismore's synthetic wickets will be made this morning.

Even Casino has been affected, with Queen Elizabeth Park closed.

Casino synthetic wickets were still open yesterday afternoon.

To double check ground closures listen to 2LM radio this morning.

This means there will be no Far North Coast LJ Hooker League matches today.

Instead of losing a round, all two-day matches scheduled to start today will now be played as one-day matches next Saturday.

This means Tintenbar-East Ballina will play Workers at Nielson Park, East Lismore; Easts will take on Lennox Head at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore; Marist Brothers will clash with Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval, Ballina; Alstonville meet the Casino Cavaliers at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino and Norths-Goonellabah RSL lock horns with Souths at Oakes Oval, Lismore.

Meanwhile, Lismore has been given the hard side of the draw for the finals of the NSW Country Cup.

With the top 16 teams from the Country converging on Dubbo between Christmas and New Year, Lismore's hopes of an easy draw through to the money rounds has been thwarted.

Instead they will face the strong University of Wollongong club straight up.

If they beat Uni, Lismore will then have to face the victors of the last two NSW Country Cups, Hamilton-Wickham.

The Newcastle club boasts a number of NSW Country reps and will be extremely tough to beat.



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