Tintenbar-East Ballina captain Nathan Hoey takes off for a quick single in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket at the weekend.
Tintenbar-East Ballina captain Nathan Hoey takes off for a quick single in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket at the weekend. Mitchell Craig

Cudgen settles for draw in the wet

CUDGEN was forced to settle for a draw with only one wicket left to take against Tintenbar-East Ballina in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket at the weekend.

All games went ahead but were eventually washed out with most teams sharing first round points.

A win looked certain for Cudgen before rain set in just before 4.30pm with no further play at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.

It was always going to be a tough run chase for the home side chasing 289 but they were determined to make a game of it with openers Abe Crawford and Luke Hamilton putting on a 95-run partnership.

Crawford (69) was always going to be the key once Hamilton was dismissed for 48 and his wicket proved crucial before the first rain delay at 3pm.

Cudgen hit their straps in the next hour with left-arm spinner Anthony Kershler finishing with a four wicket haul while fast bowler Tim Spencer bowled a tight spell and was rewarded with two wickets.

Ben Frost made a late cameo with some nice shots at the tail end as Tintenbar-East Ballina hung on at 9-195.

Maximum points would have been handy for Cudgen with a host of its players away on representative duty this weekend when they host defending premiers Alstonville.

In other games, Ballina claimed first innings points with a dominant performance over a young Murwillumbah side at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah.

Ballina all-rounder Sam Adams took six wickets in the first innings as Murwillumbah were dismissed for 119 after Bears declared 5-312 the previous week.

A determined 41 not out from Murwillumbah top-order batsman Ashton Wilson saw them reach 2-82 in their second innings.

Elsewhere, Marist Brothers finished 5-109 after 36 overs chasing 203 against the Casino RSM Cavaliers at Neilson Park, Lismore.

And Pottsville finished 3-55 after they bowled Lennox Head out for 207.



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