Tintenbar piles on the runs
By STEVE SPINKS
BRETT Crawford fell agonisingly short of a century as Tintenbar-East Ballina piled on the runs against Southern Districts in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Crawford hit 92 as the 'Bar amassed 275 on a good deck at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina, in the rematch of the final last summer.
The opener, who must be rated as one of the best batsmen to have played in the Hooker League, fell in sight of his first century of the season to rookie medium-pacer Matt Parrish.
Crawford put on a partnership of 73 with Mick Gabriel, who scored 82, which is his largest total in the Hooker League in some seasons.
Captain Duncan Elphick chimed in with 32 in the middle order.
"We should have probably got more, probably 300 plus," Elphick said.
"It was a good deck but now we have to get the wickets.
"And if anyone can get the runs, Souths can.
"They got 284 against us in the final last year."
Off-spinner Paul McLean put the skids on the Tintenbar innings, taking 5-52, while Len Blok claimed 3-55.
Meanwhile, a fighting 65 by captain Mick Knight guided Lismore Workers to the competitive total of 199 against Norths-Goonellabah RSL at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
Out of trouble
Knight and his companions in the lower order dug Workers out of serious trouble at 5-51 and are in with a realistic chance of their first victory of the season.
Jason Caught (28), Paul Pryor (21) and David Lovett (19) all helped their captain put on 148 for the last five wickets.
Hawks seamer Daniel Hughes (3-41) and spinner Steve Lockhart (3-59) were the pick of the attack.
Norths-Goonellabah RSL are 0-2 in reply.
David Ryan signalled his late start to the season with a well-timed 36 as Lennox Head made 164 against Alstonville at Saunders Oval, Ballina.
Ryan, who has played with Casino, Brunswick-Byron and Lennox Head, has missed Lennox's lacklustre start to the season.
However, batting at No5 Ryan showed he may be the answer to the seasiders' woes with the bat.
Captain Ben Peterson (28) and veteran Paul Everingham (19) were the other main contributors.
Spinner Steve Robb (3-29) and paceman Scott Petty (3-31) bowled well for Alstonville.