Run rates split top two, points the others
By Adam Hicks
AFTER 13 rounds of competition, only run rates separate the top two sides in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League. Southern Districts' 51-run win over Cudgen saw them rise from second place to equal first after Tintenbar-East Ballina's match against Ballina was washed out. But it is believed that the 'Bar had a superior run rate and was expected to be crowned the competition's minor premiers late last night. A heavy downpour at Ballina's Fripp Oval appears to have been a blessing for Tintenbar who had the unenviable task of defending 187 against the Bears who were set to resume at 1-71. Bears' players were reportedly using brooms to try to clear puddles from the outfield but were forced to abandon the match around 11am. The wash-out means Tintenbar will host fourth-placed Cudgen in week one of the finals. Souths resumed at Reg Dalton Field at 6-88 needing 125 against Cudgen to secure a home final. Len Blok backed up his four wickets from last week to add 29 runs to help Souths to a 51-run win. Matt Parrish returned this week and managed an unbeaten 57 while batting at number 10 to set up a first-week home final against Casino Cavaliers. Lennox Head managed a five-wicket win over Lismore Workers at Nesbitt Park to see them finish in fifth spot. Workers batted first and reached 5-129 courtesy of Jeremy Cowin's unbeaten 51. Joe Quigley was run out for 27 and Michael Knight managed 22. Lennox's Mark Denmeade snared 3-21 and backed it up with 31 off the bat as Lennox reached 5-131. Opener Darren Marsh top scored with 33. Leap-frogged South Tweed Colts leap-frogged Alstonville with a five-wicket win at Hill Park Oval. Set 135 for victory, the Colts resumed at 3-98 and coasted to 5-144. The win sees them finish in eighth while Alstonville drop to ninth. Byron-Brunswick finished the season on a disappointing note, suffering a seven-run loss to Pottsville at Thompson Oval. After last week's play was washed out, Pottsville set the composite team 127 to chase. Captain David Thomson was devastating with the ball claiming 4-26 from 11 overs. But in reply Byron-Brunswick were bowled out for 120 as D Wright top-scored with 45. The loss sees them slip from fifth position to finish seventh. Murwillumbah pulled off a four-run win over Terranora Lakes at Bilambil Turf. After reaching 162 last week, the visitors managed to bowl Terranora out for 158.
1. Southern Districts 74 1. Tintenbar 74 3. Cudgen 66 4. Casino 65 5. Lennox Head 58 6. Ballina 56 7. Byron Brunswick 55 8. South Tweed Colts 49 9. Alstonville 46 10. Murwillumbah 46 11. Pottsville 43 12. TLCC 42 13. Lismore Workers 29 14. Marist Brothers 21