Souths stretch their lead
By STEVE SPINKS
SOUTHS' outright victory over Workers at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore, has almost guaranteed the defending Hooker League title-holders the minor premiership.
Souths (98) sputtered past Workers (92), before Workers (9-119 declared), batting a second time, set them the unlikely target of 113 runs in 15 overs for outright points.
Souths secured the victory with two overs to spare with Anthony Nind (66 not out) and Paul McLean (39 not out) leading the way.
Lennox Head leap-frogged Casino with an exciting first- innings victory over Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
The Lennox total of 206 was just enough as the Bears were bowled out for 197.
Lennox had Ballina 5-56, but a lower-order fight-back almost turned the game as Toby Hordern (42), Andrew Gordon (43) and Shane Staples (30) led the way for Bears.
In the end, the Lennox attack, led by fast-medium bowler Ben Legzdins (4-44), prevailed.
A fighting 69 by Marist Brothers top-order batsman Chris Matthews was not enough as Tintenbar-East Ballina claimed first-innings points at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina.
Brothers were bowled out for 139 chasing the 'Bar total of 180, with Matthews the only batsman to master the bowling.
Luke Shay (3-19), Mark Newstead (3-41) and Mark Grant (3-44) shared the spoils for the Tintenbar-East Ballina attack.
Eastern Districts kept their waning semi-final hopes alive with a first-innings win over Alstonville at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
Easts' first innings of 128 was too much for the brittle Alstonville batting, which crumbled to be all out for 77.
Ian Gregory (4-27) and Jake McKinnon (4-30) were the pick of the bowlers.
Easts captain Bruce Jobson tried to force an outright result, setting Alstonville a target of 168 off 30 overs, but the match fizzled out to a draw with the home side on 5-148.
Points: Souths 48, Norths-Goonellabah RSL 38, Tintenbar-East Ballina 35, Lennox Head 34, Casino Cavaliers 31, Ballina Bears 28, Easts 28, Workers 24, Marist Brothers 15, Alstonville 10.