Bears take home the cash

BALLINA Bears won the 16.8 cricket tournament for a second straight year when they beat Lennox Head in the final at Oakes Oval, Lismore.

Bears have now won $12,000 in total from the event which has only been running the past two seasons.

They were always going to be hard to beat with a team that included quality batsmen like Sam Adams and NSW Country representative Justin Moore.

Openers Lee Barnett and Ravi Singh also contributed with the bat while Alstonville all-rounder Terry Murphy made a guest appearance for the finals on Sunday.

Both teams that played in the final were mostly made up of players from the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League with a couple from the lower grades.

The tournament was organised by Marist Brothers and is becoming a popular fixture for local cricketers on the October long weekend.

Pottsville were back for a second straight year with top-order batsman Jayden Hoare flexing his muscle with some big hits to the boundary.

Grafton also entered a young team while Norths had two teams and held their own with one of its sides winning all three games on Saturday.

Other Lismore players were in the Farmer Charlies team with Stuart Rose scoring plenty of runs.

The format involved eight players in each team batting an innings of 16 overs.

Everyone bats and bowls for a short period with double runs for specified deliveries and runs deducted when wickets are taken.

"The format of this tournament means everyone has a chance to participate," tournament director Luke Collings said.

"A lot of these games have been close finishes and everyone seems to enjoy the format."

The LJ Hooker competition starts this weekend with a round of Twenty20 matches.

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