Ballina Bears batsmen Justin Moore.
Ballina Bears batsmen Justin Moore. Mitchell Craig

Big hitting features as leather flies

BIG hits were the order of the weekend when the likes of Sam Adams, Jayden Hoare and Stuart Rose were at the crease for the second annual Rous Hotel 16.8 cricket tournament in Lismore.

Bears flexed their muscles early and were favourites to win the $6000 event for the second straight year.

Adams hit plenty of boundaries while captain Justin Moore was all class whenever he was at the crease.

They were bolstered on finals day yesterday by the addition of all-rounder Terry Murphy, who had missed the first three games.

Most of the teams comprised players from the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League with a handful of lower grade players.

Pottsville were back for a second straight year while Grafton also entered a young team.

Norths had two teams and held their own with one of its sides winning all three games on Saturday.

"There is a lot of talent here and plenty of the bowlers copped it,” event organiser Luke Collings said.

"One of the Norths teams was a bit of a surprise packet winning all three of their games.

"They're not a Hooker League side so that's a pretty big effort on their part.”

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,” Collings said.

"With the traditional cricket sometimes you can be out in the field all day, not get to bowl then go out and get a duck and it's all over.

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

Games were played at Oakes Oval and the surrounding fields.

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