Bears win test of nerves
THE Ballina Bears were never expected to have as many nervous moments as they did against Pottsville in their two-day match at Fripp Oval, Ballina, but that was exactly what happened yesterday.
The hosts won the match outright after dominating the first innings, bowling out Pottsville for 108 before declaring at 4-185.
Pottsville was then bowled out for 146 leaving the Bears 70 runs in their second innings to win outright.
The Bears got these runs from just 10.5 overs but with seven wickets down and only a few minutes left in the day.
At one stage Pottsville looked like they would snare second innings points when the Bears were 6-24.
But Lee Pittavino showed great courage to take the attack to Pottsville, guiding his side home with 26 not out.
"We had nothing to lose because we had already won first innings points so we just went out and had a go," Bears captain Sam Adams said.
"It was a good finish - it's been a long time since we've played in a two-day match that has gone as long as that did."
In Pottsville's first innings, the Bears' offspinner Janith De Silva took 5-22 from 12 overs.
The Casino Cavaliers also backed themselves to get outright points in their match against Terranora Lakes at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
Their batsmen threw the willow at everything in their second innings but fell 22 runs short after losing eight wickets.
The hosts blasted out Terranora for 71 in their first innings with evergreen quick Al Nowlan taking 6-29 from 13 overs.
The Cavaliers then declared at 1-137 but Terranora bounced back, all out for 212 from 67.1 overs.
That left Casino to chase down 146 runs for outright victory from just 19 overs.
They lost eight wickets trying to do so.
"Terranora batted well on a flat deck in their second innings," Cavaliers batsman Sam Irvine said.
Irvine scored 63 not in his side's first innings.
"Their opener (David Russell) batted a long time for his 49 which helped them," he said.
Marist Brothers' strong season continued with a convincing 89-run first innings win over Cudgen at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Brothers' allrounder Stuart Rose hit 78 runs while quick bowler Steve Prosser took 4-44 as Cudgen was bowled out for 118.
At one stage Brothers were 4-20 before Rose, Sam Reading (37) and Ashley Simes (39) saved the day for the team.
"Nobody from our top four got a good score but we fought back really well," Prosser said.
Alstonville enjoyed a 68-run first innings win over Byron Bay at Hill Park, Wollongbar after declaring at 5-225.
The Bay was bowled out for 157 with Alstonville captain Steve Robb taking 5-45 from 35 overs.
"They were 0-90 at one stage so we did really well to come back," he said.
And Tintenbar-East Ballina enjoyed an easy nine-wicket win over Workers Goonellabah in their one-day match at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina.
The match was shortened and transferred to this venue after the Nielson Park, East Lismore outfield was too water logged for play on Saturday.
The hosts got to their target of 130 after just 25.4 overs.