Coach proud of a team effort
COACH Brett Crawford declared himself a "proud" man after seeing his Ballina side get its tournament campaign on home soil off to a successful start.
Tranan Burvill starred with bat and ball as the hosts defeated Armidale by 17 runs in their opening match of this year's tournament at Fripp Oval.
Burvill made 28 with the bat and then took three wickets to help his team claim victory in the clash at Fripp Oval.
Crawford said that a solid all-round performance had been the key to victory.
"It was a great effort from all the players," he said.
"Their energy in the field was fantastic. They bowled full and straight and ended up fully deserving this win.
"I was very proud of them.
Captain Jakob Cox helped his side make a competitive total, contributing 23 as his team made 100 from its 50 overs.
"I told them at halfway that if we bowled full and straight, we could bowl them out," Crawford said.
"That's what they did."
Burvill and Cox both took three Armidale wickets to help put their side in the box seat.
Max Freer also shone with the ball, finishing with 2-8 from his four overs as the visitors were dismissed for 83 in the 43rd over.
Ballina takes on Hawkesbury at Saunders Oval 2 today (9.30am start) in its second match of the competition.