Ballina starts carnival with a win

BALLINA got off to a good start but Lismore didn’t fare so well when the annual LJ Hooker Ballina Under-13’s cricket carnival got underway yesterday.

The Bears faced Gold Coast which boasts a massive talent pool, but prevailed over the northern neighbours, cruising to a total of 102 with 12 overs to spare.

Ballina bowled Gold Coast out for 99 well inside its allotted 50 overs with leg-spinner Matt Phillips taking 4-15.

The local side got off to a good start with the openers going past 50 for no wicket and reached the total in the 38th over.

Sam Lucas top-scored with 33 while Tobyn Burvill and Ben Campbell were both unbeaten on 21.

Coach Collin Earl was happy with the way his team performed and tipped them to continue to get better.

“They played excellent,” Earl said.

“We started our batting innings a bit slow but with all the wickets in hand we bought it home quiet easily.”

Lismore were bowled out chasing 112 against Toowoomba but will look to hit back when they take on last years winners, Central Coast, tomorrow.

Eight games were scheduled to be played with all 16 teams to see action; the rain threatened to ruin the day’s play but all matches were spared bar the Hunter Valley v Mid North Coast which was washed out.

RESULTS

Pool A

Hawkesbury 3-137 d Brisbane Norths 11-135, Ballina 2-102 d Gold Coast 11-99.

Pool B

Central Coast 7-188 d Metro South West 11-124, Toowoomba 9-112 d Lismore 11-68.

Pool C

Newcastle 4-126 d South East Queensland 11-119, Hornsby 9-159 d Tamworth 11-69.

Pool D

Manly 8-135 d Bayside East Redlands 11-79, Hunter Valley v Mid North Coast washed out.



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