Captains leading the way
IT was a day for the captains to step forward in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket on Saturday with three of them playing key roles in their teams' wins.
Experienced all-rounder Craig Ferguson (64 and 3-21) was the star in Marist Brothers' narrow victory over Alstonville at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
Former NSW Country batsman Brett Crawford (85 not out) led the way as Tintenbar-East Ballina upset Cudgen at Kingscliff.
And Sam Adams claimed 4-8 as Ballina Bears easily accounted for the still winless Workers Goonellabah at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Alstonville opening batsmen Kristiaan Ezzy (54) and Mitchell Pickford (42) came out firing and put on a 96-run partnership.
Ferguson took the wicket of Pickford to swing the momentum midway through the innings.
"We have a strong attack and I only put myself on if I see an opportunity," Ferguson said.
"The body is sore at the moment, but I'm happy with the way I hit the ball too."
Chasing 194, heavy-hitting batsman Stuart Rose (30) and NSW Under-19 representative wicketkeeper Sam Reading (38) helped get Brothers near the target.
They required seven off the last over with only tailenders Blake Taylor and Steve Prosser left.
A single to Prosser and a boundary from Taylor helped get them home.
Tintenbar-East Ballina also escaped with victory in the last over of their clash with Cudgen at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Captain Brett Crawford (85 not out) and Kent Shay (51) led the 'Bar to a total of 7-174.
Struggling at 5-40, Cudgen all-rounder Caleb Ziebell (48) sparked a fightback before Tintenbar-East Ballina all-rounder Abe Crawford claimed his scalp and finished with 5-22.
"I'm happy with the win, especially against a good side like Cudgen," Brett Crawford said.
"Hopefully it can revive our season."
Byron Bay top-order batsmen Darren Wright scored 57 as his side cruised past Terranora Lakes at Bilambil Oval.
Terranora Lakes set a total of 117 and Byron Bay went on to win by seven wickets.
It was a similar story as Ballina Bears captain Sam Adams took 4-8 to bowl Workers Goonellabah out for a paltry 97 at Fripp Oval, Ballina. Bears needed just 21.1 overs to claim the victory.
And Casino Cavaliers easily accounted for Pottsville at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino. The Cavaliers set a total of 171 then all-rounder Matt Barber took 4-19 as Pottsville were out for 86.