The Northern Star

Cavs' 'extra' win

LOOKING over the scorebook at the end of Saturday's match against the Casino Cavaliers, it must have been particularly galling for Tintenbar-East Ballina captain Brett Crawford when he looked down at the sundries.

In a closely fought contest, to give away 33 extras was almost criminal, and Crawford knew it was the difference between the two teams.

“We dropped three catches and gave away 33 sundries and you just can't do that if you want to min matches,” he said.

In reply to Tintenbar-East Ballina's total of 163, Casino appeared to be cruising to a first innings victory.

The Cavaliers reached 6-154 by the time Myles McDowell (8) was caught off the bowling of Abe Crawford (3-36).

From then on it became a fairly intense encounter, as Casino lost the next three wickets for the addition off a mere 11 runs, leaving the league leaders in a precarious position.

But Tintentbar-East Ballina couldn't close out the match despite the best efforts of Abe Crawford, Mark Newstead (3-68) and Brett Crawford (3-30).

“We got through them pretty well but having 33 sundries certainly didn't help us,” Crawford said.

Indeed it didn't, apart from Casino batsman Wes Koskela's contribution of 55, sundries were the Cavaliers' next highest scorer.

Alstonville into top four

ALSTONVILLE extracted maximum points and were merciless against Pottsville, moving into the top four with a big win.

Pottsville proved to be hopelessly inadequate trying to chase down Alstonville's first innings of 6-275 declared.

Resuming at 5-24, Pottsville were dismissed for the addition of a mere 51 runs, and Alstonville had no hesitation in enforcing the follow-on.

Things went from bad to worse for Pottsville in its second dig after the visitors were blasted out for 45 off just 15 overs.

Alstonville's 30-something medium-pacer Scott Petty was the chief destroyer taking 8-26 in the second innings to add to his 3-18 in the first.

“I'd just give Scott one more over and he'd get a wicket, and then I'd give him another over, and he'd get another wicket, and it just kept tumbling on from there,” Alstonville captain Nathan Collins said.

“Scott Petty was just unbelievable more than anything else; he's had a bit of bad luck this year, but he bowled really well for us. He's one of the stalwarts of the team and just hits line and length and nips it both ways.”

The win has catapulted Alstonville from seventh into the top four and with a favourable run home to the finals; the club has a very real chance of staying there.

“We were hoping to push for an outright this game and for some of the results of other games to go our way,” Collins said.

“We kicked off the season with all the hard teams and we've got a pretty good run home and we are just hoping to win all our matches. It's in our hands, really.”

In other games:

Brunswick-Byron bowler Jake Lewis (5-19) was the chief destroyer as his team took the points against Marist Brothers at Oakes Oval.

Lismore Workers (122) couldn't quite get over the line against Tearranora Lakes (135).

Lennox Head was dismissed for 132 chasing Ballina's massive total of 4-337 (declared).

Cudgen (5-184) claimed first innings points against Murwillumbah (50 and 5-33) while the match between Southern Districts and South Tweed Colts was abandoned because of rain.

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