Ballina Bears batsman George Flemming defends in the match at Fripp Oval. It didn’t help much, with Flemming out for a duck a short time later.
Ballina Bears batsman George Flemming defends in the match at Fripp Oval. It didn’t help much, with Flemming out for a duck a short time later. Marc Stapelberg

Bears reach a competitive total

BALLINA Bears captain Sam Adams scored 60 runs and believes his side did enough with the bat to defeat Cudgen when their two-day match in Far North CoastLJ Hooker League cricketis completed at Fripp Oval, Ballina, next Saturday.

Despite losing two early wickets and struggling at 2-7, opening batsman Luke Hall (26) and top-order batsman James Everingham (45) steadied the ship as Bears were bowled out for 230.

"I'm happy with 230," Adams said.

"Fripp (Oval) is a bigger ground and Cudgen have a fair bowling attack too.

"We were in a bit of a hole at 2-7, but Luke (Hall) stepped up again."

Tailenders Janeth De Silva (18) and Cullum Jordan (24) stayed at the crease long enough to get the Bears past 200.

"They really helped out," Adams said.

"Cullum can really hit a ball and he picked his shots well."

Elsewhere, the Casino Cavaliers bounced back from a rare loss last weekend - to Ballina Bears - to take control against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

Right-arm pace bowler Wade Sweeney took 4-29 as the Cavaliers ripped through the Tintenbar-East Ballina batting.

The 'Bar was bowled out for 124 with Cavs captain Al Nowlan taking 3-15 from his 11.4 overs.

Top-order batsman Sam Irvine is 33 not out and will look to go on with the job when his team resumes at 4-93 on Saturday.

A powerhouse performance with the bat by all-rounder Stuart Rose (67) helped propel Marist Brothers to 193 against Pottsville at Nielson Park, East Lismore.

Pottsville strike bowler Michael Grainger took 5-54 from 21 overs including the scalps of middle-order bats-men Sam Reading, Ashley Simes and Jeremy Cowin.

Tobyn Burvill (48), David Thompson (60), and Matt Irwin (42) were the stand-outs as Byron Bay finished on a healthy 9-236 against Workers Goonellabah at Oakes Oval, Lismore.

Workers Goonellabah all-rounder Brad Robertson continued his strong start to the season by cleaning up the tail and finishing with 4-52 from 18 overs.

In the other match, Alstonville captain Nathan Collins (32) top-scored as his side was bowled out for a disappointing 106 against Terranora at Bilambil Oval.

Terranora has already taken first innnings points and will resume at a commanding 2-117 chasing outright victory.



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