Jason Caught
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Brothers batsmen are Caught short

ALSTONVILLE fast bowler Jason Caught took seven wickets to put his side in the box seat to chase an outright win in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.

It was a fair effort from the left-arm quick considering he just started bowling more overs this season after injuring his back a few years ago.

Caught has now taken 27 wickets and is the second leading wicket-taker behind Pottsville all-rounder Ryan McCloy.

Alstonville won the toss at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, and sent Marist Brothers into bat on a wicket that had been juiced up by recent rain.

Brothers were quickly reeling at 3-6.

Caught ripped through the innings, taking 7-23 off 15 overs to dismiss the Brethren for only 61.

Alstonville wasted no time chasing down the runs and declared at 6-65 after 27 overs.

Brothers opening bowler Brendan Mitchell took 4-18 from 14 overs.

Brothers will resume at 0-32 in their second innings with opening batsman Lachlan Barnsley 20 not out.

Elsewhere, Casino Cavaliers captain Sam Dietrich produced his best knock of the season, scoring 63 in a total of 185 against Ballina Bears at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

It was a timely effort from Dietrich as the rest of the top order failed to fire after opening batsman Trent Bennett was out for 47.

All-rounder Sam Adams has been opening the bowling for Bears this season and finished with 6-60 from 25 overs.

The Cavaliers finished the day on a high by taking two wickets in the final three overs to have Bears 2-18 at stumps.

Elsewhere, Cudgen have already taken first innings points in the Tweed derby against Pottsville at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.

Left-arm spinner Anthony Kershler took four wickets to help dismiss Pottsville for 107 after they won the toss and batted.

Opening bat Jayden Hoare top-scored with 45 while all-rounder Ryan McCloy (16) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

Cudgen had no such trouble with the bat, opener Caleb Ziebell finishing on 72 not out while Tait Burns compiled his second consecutive half century in scoring 52.

The defending premiers will resume on 3-149.

The match between Tintenbar-East Ballina and Lennox Head at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, was washed out and will be played as a one-dayer this weekend.

The final of the one-day competition will be played between Cudgen and Tintenbar-East Ballina at Reg Dalton Oval on Sunday.

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