Defending premiers Cudgen defeated by Marist Brothers

MARIST Brothers have stepped up another notch in their best season in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket for several years with an upset win over defending premiers Cudgen.

Brothers piled on 5-280 from their 40 overs and restricted Cudgen to 221 in reply at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff, in the round of one-day games on Saturday.

Ashley Simes (86), Sam Martin (77 not out) and Blake Fitzgerald (61) led the way after captain Brad Cleaver won the toss.

The big total proved too much for the home team with only Doug Potter (43) and Alec Williams (31) making much impression.

Brendan Mitchell again impressed with the new ball for Brothers and was well supported by the medium-pacers of Luke Hamshaw (4-40).

Tintenbar-East Ballina also had another win, just getting the points in a tight contest against cross-town rivals Ballina Bears.

The 'Bar racked up 9-230 from their 40 overs, with Abe Crawford (96) and Callum Carmont (41) leading the way, but Bears were always in the run chase.

Captain Justin Moore (94) and Englishman Sam Burdock (72) combined for a second-wicket partnership of 163 runs but after Moore departed Bears lost wickets regularly as they tried to keep up with the required run rate, eventually falling five runs short.

Lee Pittavino took 3-45 for Bears and Ben Frost 3-26 for the 'Bar.

Meanwhile, Pottsville dashed Alstonville's hopes of staying in touch with the top four with a comfortable win at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.

Led by openers Adam Rogers (54) and Oscar van Megchelen (31) as well as Jamie Tripp (45), the seasiders made 213 from their 40 overs after winning the toss.

Josh Pearce and Jason Caught each took three wickets.

Alstonville limped to just 86 in reply as John Ainsworth and Dayne Wynn headed the Pottsville bowling effort with three wickets apiece.

In the other game, Lennox Head (7-210) were made to fight hard by the Casino Cavaliers (6-208) at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.

Andrew Lindsay (61), Sam Lucas (56) and Adam Fisher (31) led the way with the bat for the Pirates.

Yesterday, Cudgen played Pottsville in a game deferred from the previous week.

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