Wickets tumble at Casino, East Lismore
By STEVE SPINKS
AN amazing 42 wickets fell across two Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket matches as ball dominated bat on Saturday.
Twenty-two wickets fell at Casino, where the Cavaliers have already claimed first innings points over the Ballina Bears on a good deck at Queen Elizabeth Park.
The Bears were humbled for 65 in their first innings as the Casino pace battery led by the irrepressible Al Nowlan cleaned up.
Nowlan claimed 5-27 but he was well supported by Jason Myers with 2-12 and Dillon Huntley with 2-14.
At one stage Huntley was on a hat-trick but his appeal for leg-before on the money ball was turned down.
Bears captain Andrew Gordon was the top-scorer with 18 at No3.
In reply, the Cavs passed Ballina's score with only two down as Adam Shields piled on 51.
However, when he fell the Casino innings tailed away in the quest for quick runs.
Shields declared the innings at 9-100 and Bears were struggling at stumps at 3-28.
Gordon backed up his first innings top-score with the bat with a solid 4-30 with the ball.
Adam Izzard chimed in with 2-4 and Shane Staples took 2-43.
Meanwhile, at Nielson Park, East Lismore, 20 wickets fell as Eastern Districts took first innings points over Marist Brothers.
The Brethren battled to 71 after former NSW Country representative fast bowler Ian Gregory sliced through to take 6-19.
Craig Hamshaw top-scored with 21 for Brothers as he lost five partners to ducks.
Easts didn't have it all their own way either, losing four wickets before passing the Brethren's total.
And then, just as Casino did, they floundered in the quest for quick runs.
Martin Tucker top-scored for Easts with 35, while newcomer Lee Pittavino made 26 on debut.
Off-spinner Dominic Marsh gave the Brethren some hope by bagging 6-29.
Adam Thompson claimed 2-16 at the top of the order.