Cavaliers, Cudgen are in trouble
THE Casino Cavaliers and Cudgen are in trouble while Ballina Bears have already taken first-innings points on a day of contrasts for the front-runners in Far North CoastLJ Hooker League cricket.
After winning the toss at Bilambil, the Cavs sent in Terranora Lakes and would have been happy in bowling them out for 131.
Mark Mison (5-28) wrecked the Terranora top-order batting and Al Nowlan (4-29) cleaned up the rest.
But by stumps Casino were in big trouble at 6-54.
Cudgen are also facing a first-innings loss, against fifth-placed Alstonville at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
The visitors were bowled out for just 84 after winning the toss, with Alstonville finishing the day at 3-62.
Terry Murphy (3-27) and Steve Robb (3-12) did most of the damage with the ball for Alstonville and the experienced Greg Potter (24 not out) has led the response with the bat.
Ballina Bears (1-115 dec-lared) showed their intention to push for outright points from the start when they sent in struggling Pottsville (86 and 3-61) at Fripp Oval – and so far they’re right on track.
Shane Jacobs and Sam Adams each took three first-innings wickets for Bears, then English recruit Aaron Jeal blasted 75 not out as his team raced to an early declaration in just 18 overs.
An outright win over Pottsville next Saturday along with losing points for Casino and Cudgen would give Bears a huge advantage in the race for the minor premiership.
Lennox Head finally had their first look at Sri Lankan recruit Jeewan De Silva – and they would have liked what they saw.
Following delays in getting to Australia, De Silva, 20, lined up against Murwill-umbah at Megan Crescent, Lennox Head.
He took 6-42 from 13 overs to help dismiss Murwillum-bah for 150.
In reply, Lennox are 4-98, with Rameesh Kassim (37 not out) and Glen Watkins (32 not out) steadying the innings after the loss of early wickets.
At Nesbitt Park, South Lismore, Workers batted solidly to make 207 against Tintenbar-East Ballina, which is 0-7 in reply.
Not for the first time Jason Caught (52) and Brendan Santin (42) showed they can bat as well as bowl as Workers recovered from 6-113.
At Nielson Park, East Lismore, Souths also batted consistently through the middle-order to post 220 against semi-final hopefuls Marist Brothers.
Jake Nind (46) and Mitchell Pickford (45) led the way for Souths while Jared Seiffert (3-22) and captain Craig Ferguson (4-28) were the best of the Brothers bowlers.
In the other match, South Tweed Colts (8-145 declared) are well on top of Brunswick-Byron (79 and 4-44) at Dave Burns Field, South Tweed.
It was a disappointing day for two Far North Coast cricketers as Victoria scooped a winning double in the domestic Twenty20 finals at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Leg-spinner Angela Reakes, of Knockrow, was a member of the NSW Breakers team that lost to the Victoria Spirit in the women’s final.
Victoria scored 5-127 from their 20 overs, with Reakes going for 16 runs from her only two overs.
In reply NSW were all out for just 75 in 16 overs, with Reakes, batting at No 11, finishing with 6 not out from the only three balls she faced.
That evening Tom Cooper, of Corndale, lined up for the SA Redbacks in the Twenty20 Big Bash final against the Victorian Bushrangers.
Victoria made 7-166 and SA struggled from the start, with Cooper being bowled by James Pattinson for two off nine balls. The Redbacks finished well short at 9-118.