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Dalli back to his best

EVERGREEN Tintenbar- East Ballina captain Phil Dalli batted his team to vic-tory with his first ton of the season in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket on Saturday.

A tinkering of the batting order, in which Dalli returned to his post as opener, provided the spark for the sixth-placed team to tally 3-258, with the captain getting 102.

“I was timing them as well as I have in a fair while,” Dalli said.

Missing two of his regular top-order batsmen and playing on his home ground Kingsford Smith South, the century was even sweeter for the Kadina High School teacher but he was just happy to keep the season alive.

“It’s always a great pitch down here, but the best bit is that we still have a faint hope of making the finals.”

After setting the big total, Tintenbar-East Ballina rolled Murwillumbah for 136 to maintain their spot on the ladder, 12 points adrift of fourth-placed Brothers with four rounds to play.

In other games:

  • Casino Cavaliers moved to top spot by disposing of Alstonville at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino. Rodney Wells top-scored with 49 in the Cavs’ 202, before pace partners Mark Mison (3-18) and Al Nowlan (4-25) skittled the visitors for 92.
  • Southern Districts kept their finals dream alive with Rex Parrish (57) and Michael Nind (52) piloting a total of 209 at Thompson Oval, Brunswick Heads. David Thompson made 52 in the Brunswick-Byron reply but it wasn’t enough as they were bowled out for 156 in 35 overs.
  • Lismore Workers remained trapped near the bottom of the table, overrun by Terranora Lakes who had 19 overs up their sleeve chasing 96 at Bilambil Oval.
  • Lennox Head missed a chance to overtake South Tweed Colts when beaten by them on the Tweed. Lennox was all out for 57, leaving the bowlers helpless as South Tweed reached the target in just 12 overs.
  • Second-placed Cudgen thrashed the hapless Pottsville at Seabreeze Oval, with Joshua Callegari taking 4-6.