Batsman is real Deal
AN unbeaten 57 from middle-order batsman Jerry Deal helped Southern Districts to victory against Easts in the Lismore District Cricket first-grade final yesterday.
Souths won the two-day final when Deal blasted a boundary to bring up the winning runs.
It's a double celebration for Souths after winning the one-day final last month.
Chasing 170, Deal and Al Duley steadied the ship before captain Craig Bateman came out to help finish things off.
"It was a real big effort; we dug deep when we needed to," Bateman said.
"Jerry and Al batted extremely well.
"It's always hard chasing runs in the final but we were quietly confident.
"We enjoy each other's company and that's the main reason why we play."
Easts captain Simon Andrews won the toss on Sat- urday morning and decided to bat.
He knew at stumps that 170 was never going to be enough.
"We tried to bowl really tight because we were about 30-40 runs short," Andrews said.
"We were without probably our two best bowlers but we were still confident.
"We lost a few early wickets and it was competitive until the end."
Billy Kerr, Jake Nind and Duley took two wickets each for Souths.
Andrews led from the front with his team, taking four wickets.
Scott Gough, Brendan Muldoon, Ryan Oliver, Aaron Mocatta, Jarred Shailes and Dennis Rose, Keenan Isbester also played for Southern Districts.