Cavaliers, Cudgen in winning form
CASINO claimed the first outright win of the season with opening batsman Trent Bennett scoring 87 not out against Lennox Head in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.
Pushing for quick runs, the big opener was breathing heavily running between the wickets with top-order batsman Sam Irvine.
However, it did not stop him from producing his best score of the season with some big hits early and more finesse later in his innings.
It was a Twenty20 type finish with the Cavaliers needing 16 runs off the last three overs.
For the second week in a row all-rounder Wade Sweeney hit the winning runs when he smashed a ball to the boundary with just three deliveries remaining.
The home side was determined to make a game of it, declaring its second innings to leave the Cavaliers chasing 145 from 24 overs.
In other games, Cudgen cruised to a nine-wicket win over Tintenbar-East Ballina at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
Cudgen batted out 47 overs to finish at 1-218 after the 'Bar had been bowled out for 196 the previous week.
Opening batsman Jamie Wilson scored his second century of the season and was unbeaten on 101 while Tait Burns finished 58 not out.
Elsewhere, Marist Brothers and Pottsville tied on the first innings at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
Pottsville all-rounder Ryan McCloy finished the game with 10 wickets after a six-wicket haul in the first innings.
Either side could have won outright after both were bowled for a first innings total of 127.
Pottsville opener Jayden Hoare made his intentions clear with a quickfire 44 and the home team declared at 7-145 after 27 overs.
However, they had only eight overs to claim maximum points and Brothers finished on 5-39 at stumps.
Alstonville and Ballina Bears shared the points after wet weather affected their game at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Chasing 241, young openers Kyle Yager and Mitchell Pearce played steady hands for Alstonville before an early rain delay.
Pearce went on to top-score with 86 while Yager made a solid 47. A return- ing Greg Potter scored 23 not out as Alstonville finished on 7-181.