Cavs struggle under lights
BALLINA Bears captain Sam Adams scored 30 runs and took 3-20 to help his side toa win over the Casino Cavaliers in the first LJ Hooker League cricket day/night match of the summer at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
He was well assisted by top-order batsmen Luke Hall (45) and George Fleming (44), who combined for a partnership of 85 as Bears went on to make 177.
The Cavaliers' batting woes continued on Saturday as they were bowled out for 115 in 30.3 overs.
"I was confident anything over 150 would be enough," Adams said.
"It's a big outfield here and batting under lights can be difficult.
"Our goal was to lose minimal wickets in the first 20 overs then accelerate.
"Once we had the ball we concentrated on our line and length and tried to choke them out of the game."
He nominated Chris Jones (2-29) and Lee Pittavino (3-12) as Bears' best bowlers.
Hard-hitting opening bats-man Rodney Wells (70) was the only Cavaliers player to reach double figures.
Captain Al Nowlan is disappointed with his side's slow start to the season.
"I don't know what's going on, it was a pretty ugly scoreboard for us," he said.
"It wasn't easy batting under lights, but we can't use that as an excuse.
"Ballina are red-hot at the moment and they're not doing too much wrong."
In other games, Alstonville continues to struggle on the road, going down to Pottsville at Seabreeze Oval.
Alstonville captain Nathan Collins was left frustrated when his team blew run-out opportunities and dropped catches after he won the toss and sent the home side in.
Top-order batsman Liam Smith (45) did his best to chase the Pottsville total of 174, but they fell short on 149.
Marist Brothers' top-order batsmen Sam Reading (31) and Luke Collings (39) were the stand-outs as they led their side to victory against Workers Goonellabah in a match reduced to 32 overs a side at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
Workers Goonellabah finished at 4-108 and Brothers reached the target easily to win by six wickets.
Elsewhere, the match between Tintenbar-East Ballina and Byron Bay at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, was abandoned due to rain.
And no play was possible at Bilambil Oval either between Terranora Lakes and Cudgen.