Tweed ends Lismore?s Cup hopes
By STEVE SPINKS
RAIN and a miserly Tweed District bowling attack combined to halt Lismore's progress in the SCG Trust NSW Country Cup cricket match at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday.
Tweed's 8-190 proved too much for Lismore, which was 6-118 after 37 overs when rain stopped play 13 overs short.
With 25 overs constituting a match, Lismore had to rely on a complicated mathematical equation to progress.
But the home side found no joy there as the equation showed Lismore had fallen well short of the 172 required after 37 overs.
Therefore Tweed progresses to the final 16 play-offs, which will be held at Dubbo between Christmas and New Year.
The rain provided an ironic twist to the finish.
If wet weather had prevented any play, Lismore would have advanced because of their superior run-rate, while last year the locals defeated Tweed courtesy of a wash-out because they were seeded higher.
Earlier, Tweed posted a competitive total with opener Terry Wilson top-scoring with 42.
However, the Lismore attack was on top at various times, reducing the visitors to 2-10 and then 6-105.
But the locals couldn't land the knockout punch.
Paceman Brett Ruttley (3-24), who was on a hat-trick, and off-spinner Dominic Marsh (2-30) were the pick of the attack.
In reply, Lismore struggled for fluency with the bat as the well-directed Tweed attack kept their scoring in check.
Souths batsman Anthony Nind (30) threatened as did Easts' Martin Tucker (23), but both fell when looking at ease at the crease.
At 6-118 Lismore were still in with a chance, especially with Easts team-mates Bruce Jobson and Jake McKinnon in the middle.
But rain forced play to be abandoned along with Lismore's hopes of a Country Cup journey.