Mick Gabriel hits out for Tintenbar-East Ballina against Brunswick-Byron Bay at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, on Saturday. Gabriel scored 53.
Mick Gabriel hits out for Tintenbar-East Ballina against Brunswick-Byron Bay at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, on Saturday. Gabriel scored 53. JAY CRONAN

Ball dominates in FNC Cricket

ALSTONVILLE picked up outright points and two other teams went close to doing the same on a day dominated by bowlers in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket.

Resuming at 4-60 on Saturday in reply to Murwillum-bah’s paltry 106 at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, Alstonville cruised to first innings points, which was the signal for wicketkeeper-batsman Andrew Larrecey to tee offto build a quick lead.

He raced to 102 not out before Alstonville captain Scott Petty declared at 9-187.

The Murwillumbah batting struggled again in the second innings, all out for 77, unable to cope with the new ball attack of Petty (3-3) and Terry Murphy (3-18) before spinner Steve Robb (3-36) cleaned up the tail.

Lismore Workers and Casino Cavaliers each went within two or three wickets of also starting the season with maximum points.

Workers (8-277 declared) defeated Pottsville (137 and 8-113) at Nielson Park, East Lismore.

Resuming at 2-72, Workers had little trouble claiming first innings points, then piled on a 140-run lead before having another crack at the fragile Pottsville batting.

Brendan Santin (62), Michael Knight (60), Jake Turcato (45) and Cameron Black (39) led the way with the bat.

Jason Caught took 5-40 but Workers ran out of time.

The Cavaliers (8-258 declared) beat Lennox Head (102 and 7-103) at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

Lennox resumed their first innings at 2-39 but could manage to only just nudge into three figures, with opener Jake Reid (40) and Dan McColl (20) the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Al Nowlan (4-25) led the way for the Cavaliers.

Forced to follow on, Lennox continued to struggle, with Reid (25) top-scoring again.

This time Nowlan (3-20) and Mark Mison (3-35) did most of the damage.

Marist Brothers, Tintenbar-East Ballina and Cudgen also picked up first innings wins to open the season, while Ballina Bears and Souths played a tight drawat Fripp Oval, Ballina.

Brothers (9-280 cc) had a big enough total to hold off Terranora Lakes (246) at the Bilambil Turf, with young left-arm speedster Jared Seiffert claiming 3-60 to be the pick of the bowlers.

Another youngster, Dain Moreton, also did well with his left-arm spinners, finishing with 2-47 from 19 overs.

After losing part of the day to rain on the first Saturday, the ’Bar needed runs in a hurry against Brunswick-Byron at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, to give themselves a chance of a result.

They quickly turned 4-125 into 8-218 declared. Mick Gabriel made 53 after Mick Warburton had done the job with 45 the previous week.

Brunswick-Byron made a reasonable start thanks to Dave Thompson (30) but when he was run out it was all downhill.

They were bowled out for 125, with Brett Crawford starting the season in great style for the ’Bar by claiming 6-46 from 19 overs.

Cudgen (181) defeated South Tweed Colts (147) at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.

On a day of fluctuating fortunes at Fripp Oval, Souths finished at 9-194 chasing Ballina Bears’ 212.
Richard Nind provided the backbone with 72 after seeing Souths slump to 3-14.

He found a determined partner in Nathan Rose (46), who continued the good work with Rex Parrish (45 not out) when Nind was dismissed.

But when Rose was out, wickets again fell quickly and it was left to Parrish to hang on at the end.
The Bears’ English fast bowler Ben Collins made an impressive debut, taking 5-50 from 24 overs.


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