Bears still in with a chance for one-day game
ENGLISH imports Sam Burdock and Jonny Phelps have been vital additions to the Ballina Bears in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Bears have struggled to score runs and have had one of their most inconsistent starts to a season in recent memory.
However, they can still make the one-day final if they beat cross-town rivals Tintenbar-East Ballina in a one-day game at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina today.
Phelps has had the most impact and is currently the leading run-scorer and equal-leading wicket taker at Bears.
He has scored 231 runs and taken 12 wickets along with fast bowler Chris Jones.
Burdock is the third highest run-scorer in the team with 159 runs and top-scored with 52 against Lennox Head last weekend.
Meanwhile, Tintenbar-East Ballina are one of the form teams of the competition and have already beaten Bears in a two-day game this season.
Bears will have a better side with all-rounder Sam Adams and captain Justin Moore missing last weekend.
Moore was away with NSW Country commitments in Sydney ahead of the Australian Country Championships next month. Adams has missed a couple of games this season but has already taken 11 wickets.
In other games, Lennox Head host the Casino Cavaliers at Megan Crescent, Lennox Head.
Captains Andrew Lindsay and Sam Irvine scored centuries the last time they met when Lennox chased down 270 at Casino in a two-day game. Lindsay returns from Country duty but the Pirates will be without Daniel Emms who is always dangerous in the top-order.
Elsewhere, Marist Brothers will look to bounce back against Cudgen at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Brothers have been a bogey side for the defending premiers and have beaten them twice in two-day competition in the past year.
And Alstonville can win its third straight game when they take on Pottsville at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
Cudgen and Pottsville have a chance for double points as they play a catch-game from last weekend at Pottsville tomorrow.