Twin tons put Alstonville on top
By STEVE SPINKS
ALSTONVILLE scored not only the first century of the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket season, but also the second as the plateau men cruised to a massive 6-294 against Lismore Workers at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, on Saturday.
Dashing No3 Greg Potter made 101 while opener Michael Barnes finished with 104.
It was no surprise to see Potter, who has been a dominant batsman in the area since before the inception of the Hooker League, with a century beside his name, but Barnes' ton was one out of the box.
"He (Barnes) batted the whole day," captain Derek Partridge said.
"It was pretty impressive considering he hasn't played cricket for seven years.
"The last time was back in 1998 with us."
Barnes and his opening partner, fellow comeback kid Troy Cook (34), put on 81 for the first wicket on an excellent Hill Park pitch.
When Cook fell, Potter took over the bulk of the scoring and reached his century before Barnes.
"What can you say about Potts (Potter)?" Partridge said.
"He's just an extremely solid bat.
"He certainly took to the bowling attack."
But it wasn't all smooth sailing for Alstonville.
There were plenty of half chances that slipped through Workers' hands, including one off Potter when he was in his early 20s.
Workers' opening bowler Jason Caught was unlucky not to snare a wicket and he finished with 0-30 off 14 overs.
The best figures went to medium-pacer Paul Ianna, who picked up 4-28 off 12 overs.
Bad light stopped play early with Alstonville pushing for quick runs.
Partridge hopes to push for an outright win.
"I'd like to think so," he said.
"Obviously we haven't seen Workers bat yet, so we'll just have to see how we go."