Bears get paws on Shield
FOR the first time in more than seven years, Ballina Bears have beaten Tintenbar-East Ballina in the David Dawson Memorial Shield match, positioning themselves well to qualify for the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket semi-finals.
Defending premiers Bears (6-147) defeated Tintenbar (5-144) in the one-day match, with captain Sam Adams describing it as a good win.
“We haven’t beaten Tintenbar in the half a dozen years that I’ve been playing,” he said.
“We had a few beers with the team to celebrate.”
Adams said the David Dawson Memorial Shield had been going for 10 years, in honour of former first-grade all-rounder David Dawson, who played for both clubs before his untimely death.
The Shield match is played when the Bears and the ’Bar clash each year as part of the LJ Hooker League.
Bears took a big step towards a win by sending Tintenbar in on a rain-affected wicket after winning the toss.
“The pitch was a little bit soft, and when you send them into bat first you know what you have to chase,” Adams said.
“We bowled too tight for them.”
Adams and Adam Izzard did well with the ball, while David Eddy scored 37, helping Bears in their successful run chase.
“We haven’t lost a game yet this season, but we have a couple of tough games ahead,” Adams said.
Tintenbar-East Ballina club captain andLJ Hooker League batsman Mick Gabriel said the ’Bar had ‘been in a bit of ordinary form’.
“It’s not just the shield, it has rolled on for about the past month,” he said.
“We haven’t lost to them in seven years, and we’d just like to turn things around.
“They definitely deserved the win.”
While the loss has likely put them out of contention for the finals, Gabriel said the team wouldn’t be trying any harder to win the next few games.
“Tintenbar tries hard to win every game,” he said.
“We might just be lacking a bit of confidence, and we keep trying to do our best.”
Gabriel said their poor form was mainly due to their batting.
“We’ve been bowling and fielding well, we just haven’t been batting well,” he said.
“I’m just disappointed that we continued our ordinary form.”
Gabriel said the star Tintenbar player was stand-in captain Mick Warburton, who bowled two batsmen out towards the end.
In other games in the round of one-dayers on Saturday:
Casino Cavaliers (8-223) defeated Murwillumbah (136) at Rabjones Oval, Murwill-umbah. Adam Shields scored 81 for the Cavs.
Marist Brothers (2-115) cruised to an easy win over Pottsville (113) at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore. Craig Ferguson (47 not out) and Paul Mackney (32 not out) steered the Brethren to victory.
South Tweed Colts (4-90) accounted for Lismore Workers (86) at Nielson Park, East Lismore, with only Daniel Clark (29 not out) showing much resistance for the home team.
Alstonville (5-84) had a similarly easy time against Brunswick-Byron (80) at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
Souths (6-206) returned from Bilambil with the points at the expense of Terranora Lakes (186), with Northern NSW Emu Colts representative Matt Parrish (58 not out and 4-29) producing a top all-round effort.
Cudgen (3-47) had the quickest outing after ripping through Lennox Head (43) at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Competition points (unofficial): Cudgen 47, Ballina Bears 44, Casino Cavaliers 42, Marist Brothers 36, Alstonville 35, Souths 27, South Tweed Colts 24, Tintenbar-East Ballina 24, Terranora Lakes 23, Lennox Head 23, Brunswick-Byron 17, Lismore Workers 11, Murwillumbah 4, Pottsville 3.