Buoyant Brothers bully the Bears in cricket
A SIX-WICKET haul to opening bowler Brendan Mitchell has helped keep Marist Brothers' semi-final chances alive in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Brothers went into the weekend sixth on the competition ladder but have already claimed first innings points after bowling out Ballina Bears for 109 at Nielson Park, East Lismore.
All-rounder Kaleb Auld took three wickets before scoring 41 runs as Brothers finished on 4-161 at stumps.
An outright win could see them jump as high as third, leapfrogging Lennox Head, Bears and Pottsville.
It would have been even uglier for Bears had it not been for a determined 66 from captain Luke Hall, who scored more than half their runs.
Former NSW Country representative batsman Justin Moore was the only other player to get into double figures with 21.
Brothers captain Brad Cleaver backed up his 119 not out from last week with another 60 before he was run out.
Elsewhere, Cudgen piled on the runs in the Tweed derby against Pottsville at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Pottsville were in a position to beat Cudgen in the Twenty20 final the previous week but were belted from pillar to post on Saturday.
All-rounder Caleb Ziebell scored his third century of the season as Cudgen made 438.
Ziebell top-scored with 176 while reliable top-order batsman Alec Williams scored 107.
The pair combined for an outstanding second wicket partnership of 266.
Former Cudgen all-rounder Tait Burns was unable to replicate his efforts with the ball after taking a hat-trick against Alstonville the previous weekend.
Burns bowled 20 overs and went for 120 runs, taking two wickets along the way.
Dan Thoms was the pick of the Pottsville bowlers, claiming 6-50 from 11 overs.
Lennox Head finished strongly against Murwillumbah at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.
The Pirates won the toss and sent the visitors in but Murwillumbah had plenty of fight in them with top-order batsman Vinnee Quigley scoring his second consecutive half century.
They batted out most of the day with Lennox Head fast bowler Oliver Cronin finishing with four wickets as Murwillumbah were bowled out for 215.
However, the damage was done in the final seven overs with Lennox Head openers Adam Fisher (41 not out) and Jake Lyon (32 not out) teeing off to be 0-76 at stumps.
And the Casino Cavaliers scored 249 against Alstonville at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
Alstonville spinner Steve Robb took six wickets and paceman Jason Caught three.