PITCHED BATTLE: Marist Brothers’ Michael German sends one down to Ballina Bears’ Justin Moore at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Saturday during their Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket match.
PITCHED BATTLE: Marist Brothers’ Michael German sends one down to Ballina Bears’ Justin Moore at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Saturday during their Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket match. Melissa Gulbin

Casino takes a win over Pottsville

CASINO had its first win of the season when its two-day match against Pottsville was completed in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket at the weekend.

It had been exactly 12 months since the Cavaliers last won a two-day match, also against Pottsville, last summer.

The Cavaliers had plenty of work to do on Saturday and won by 31 runs at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

Young fast bowler Nathan Ensby finished with career-best figures of 4-47 from his 13.4 overs.

Casino captain Sam Irvine helped pave the way for the win with his third century of the season the previous week.

Pottsville resumed on Saturday at 2-92 with Jamie Tripp leading the way with 59 in the middle-order.

He was eventually dismissed by Ensby and the remaining three wickets fell cheaply.

In other games, Ballina Bears got back on track with a convincing win over Marist Brothers at Oakes Oval, Lismore

Opener Luke Cleaver had his best score of the season with 70 as Bears declared at 8-198 after Brothers had set a target of 153.

Marist Brothers batsmen Jack Cooper (42 not out) and Sam Martin (41) ensured there was no outright win for Ballina as they finished the second innings on 6-125.

Bears spinner Jonny Phelps finished the game with seven wickets.

Elsewhere, Cudgen cruised to a win over Lennox Head at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.

It was always going to be a tough ask for the Pirates chasing 324 without opener Sam Lucas and all-rounder Adam Armistead.

English recruit Adam Huxtable played his best hand of the season, top-scoring with 63 as they were dismissed for 145.

Cudgen sent Lennox back into bat with Huxtable scoring another 38 in the remaining 6.3 overs.

And the game between Tintenbar-East Ballina and Alstonville at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina was washed out.

Twenty20 Time

BALLINA and Tweed will face off in a Twenty20 Country Challenge invitational match on Wednesday as part of the Baggy Blues visit.

Former Australian fast bowlers Jeff Thomson and Len Pascoe will be the guest speakers at a dinner in Murwillumbah tomorrow night.

The dinner will be held at The Haven restaurant with more information available at http:murwillumbahcc. nsw.cricket.com.au.

Coaching clinics will be held over the next three days with the Twenty20 game at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah, starting at 4pm.

Spectators are asked to bring a gold coin donation on entry.



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