Souths get back on the winner's list
By STEVE SPINKS email@example.com
DEFENDING premiers Southern Districts returned to the winners' list with a comprehensive victory over Norths-Goonellabah RSL at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore, on Saturday. Souths rolled the Hawks for 119 with youngster Matt Parrish taking 4-14 and Nathan Rose 2-10. Jay Hampson (39) and Matt Grimson (34) were the mainstays of the Norths-Goonellabah RSL innings. In reply, Souths cruised to an eight-wicket victory with Paul McLean (44 not out) and Anthony Nind (44) providing most of the runs. Souths had lost to Easts at Nielson Park, East Lismore, in the first round of the season, a match that sparked controversy about the preparation of Lismore turf wickets. At Hill Park, Wollongbar, the Casino Cavaliers overcame a late batting collapse to take the points over Alstonville. The Cavs were bowled out for 140, with Adam Shields (36) and Todd Summers (34) the only batsmen to get going as medium-pacer Greg Potter (5-20) wrecked Casino's lower order. Scott Petty (2-21) and Steve Robb (2-16) also chimed in. However, 140 proved way too much for the home side as Alstonville were bowled out for 100 as newly selected North Coast representative Wade Sweeney claimed 4-24. Adam Shields (2-8) and Mark Bratti (2-15) helped out their young fast bowler. Potter rounded off a fine game with 44, but Derek Partridge (14) was the only other Alstonville batsman to reach double figures. All-rounder Brett Ruttley smashed 73 as Eastern Districts continued their bright start to the season with a comfortable victory over Lennox Head at Saunders Oval, Ballina. Ruttley's 73 and Martin Tucker's 25 guided Easts to a total of 152 with Glenn Watkins (3-22) the leading wicket-taker. Lennox limped to 106 in reply, with sundries (25) the biggest contributor. Adam Gadowski (14) and Todd Fisher (11) were the only seasiders to reach double figures. Troy McGuiness (5-24) was the destroyer for Easts, while Tucker capped a good game with 2-21. Brett Crawford starred for Tintenbar-East Ballina with bat and ball as last season's runner-up smashed Workers by 10 wickets at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina. Crawford claimed 3-15 with the ball before hitting 53 not out as the 'Bar knocked over the Lismore team for 98 then reached the target without losing a wicket. Matt Boyd (17) and Luke Davis (20) tried hard for the outgunned Workers outfit as Crawford and Luke Shay (4-21) found their range. But 98 was never going to be enough with Crawford and Phil Dalli (42 not out) hitting the winning runs inside 16 overs.