By ADRIAN MILLER
SOUTHS will play for their third premiership in four seasons after a thumping 171-run win over Tintenbar-East Ballina in their Hooker League semi-final at Nielson Park, East Lismore.
Souths (230)defeated the 'Bar (59).
Tintenbar were aiming for back-to-back premierships after beating Souths in the decider last year.
Winning the toss and fielding on Saturday, Tintenbar began well, reducing Souths' powerful batting to 3-53.
Richard Nind (58) and youngster Matt Parrish (21) rescued the innings, along with all-rounder Len Blok (60).
Tintenbar's bowlers had toiled tirelessly all afternoon. Their numbers had been reduced when captain Brett Crawford sprained an ankle, and Mark Newstead was the hero, taking 6-59.
Souths' fast bowlers were outstanding yesterday, destroying Tintenbar.
Craig Bateman took 3-21, Chris Jones 2-6, Blok 2-12 and Parrish 2-15.
The 'Bar were bundled out for just 59, with only opening bat Mick Warburton (16) and No10 Jordan Waugh (13) getting into double figures.
Crawford said his side had no inkling of the collapse. "We bowled and fielded really well and were confident after the first day," he said. "But we lost a couple of early wickets and never got going. We batted poorly, but full credit to them, they deserved to win."