BATTING BEAR: Toby Hordern batting against Easts in the Hooker League last season. With Hordern back and Josh Flemming to arrive from England on Tuesday, Bears’ batting is stronger than it’s been for years.
BATTING BEAR: Toby Hordern batting against Easts in the Hooker League last season. With Hordern back and Josh Flemming to arrive from England on Tuesday, Bears’ batting is stronger than it’s been for years.

Ballina Bears wake from long hibernation

A BALLINA Bears outfit looking as good as any since the club won the FNC LJ Hooker League cricket premiership back in 1995-96 has received an extra boost with the return of batsman Toby Hordern.

Bears have started the season with an outright win over Marist Brothers and a comfortable first-innings win over Alstonville.

They will travel to Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff, today to take on Cudgen, which again looks to be the pick of the Tweed teams.

Bears are still to play a home game, with a new sprinkler system having been installed at Fripp Oval. Their second grade team will play there this afternoon.

They will get another batting boost when Englishman Josh Flemming arrives next Tuesday.
Bears have not even made the semi-finals since 1998-99 and captain Shane Jacobs admits the club is looking good after a lean decade.

He says all-rounder Nathan Anson, who played with the Gold Coast Dolphins last season, has made a difference and he has big wraps on Sam Adams.

“Sam is a bit of a late bloomer,” Jacobs said.

“He was a junior with the club since Under-14s. He has so much ability but is only just starting to realise it.

“Sam can bowl seam or spin and if he kept wickets he’d probably be the best in the comp.”
In other Hooker League games starting today:

Casino Cavaliers will be strongly favoured to continue their great start to the season at the expense of Terranora Lakes at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

Marist Brothers and Alstonville will each be looking for their second win when they meet at Heaps Oval, Lismore.

Souths travel to Thompson Oval to take on struggling Byron-Brunswick.

Tintenbar-East Ballina and Lennox Head square off at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina.

Lismore Workers play South Tweed Colts at Nielson Park, East Lismore.

Pottsville host Murwillumbah at Seabreeze Oval.


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