Cudgen, Bears bats dominate
CUDGEN and Ballina Bears batsmen dominated the first round of Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket Twenty20 games.
Opening batsman Jamie Wilson scored 104 not out as Cudgen beat Lennox Head by 26 runs at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
Six games were played at two grounds on Saturday, with some teams doubling up.
It will be the same format this weekend.
Cudgen won both its games after chasing down 140 against Pottsville earlier in the day.
Wilson scored 40 while all- rounder Caleb Ziebell opened the batting and was unbeaten on 79.
Pottsville opener Jayden Hoare crafted a superb innings of 58, hitting four fours and a six, to give his bowlers a chance.
At Fripp Oval, Ballina, Bears captain Justin Moore opened the batting and hit 12 boundaries on his way to 87 against the Casino Cavaliers.
He was supported by all-rounder Ben Carruthers (45), who also took a hat-trick (across two overs) in the 34-run win.
Ballina looked sharp, with top-order batsman Toby Hordern back after one season with Casino.
However, they have lost left-arm quick Jeremy Perkins, who has returned to Marist Brothers.
Brothers had a tough day, losing to Alstonville and the Cavaliers.
Casino opener Sam Irvine was the difference between the sides when the Cavliers had a narrow six-run win.
Irvine played a smart innings, finding gaps around the field, while opener Trent Bennett (29) also kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Brothers middle-order batsman Jack Cooper looked the most likely to lead the run chase with his power hitting before he was run out late in the innings.
Mark Mison (3-41) was the pick of the Casino bowlers while veteran Al Nowlan bowled a tight spell and took two wickets along the way.
Alstonville all-rounder Terry Murphy top-scored with 45 in the middle-order when they overhauled the target of 130 with only four balls to spare against Brothers.
Left-arm quick Jason Caught took four wickets.
Elsewhere, Tintenbar-East Ballina needed just 11.2 overs to chase down 78 runs against Lennox Head.
Captain Nathan Hoey top-scored with 38 while top-order batsman Luke Hamilton finished unbeaten on 28.