Double hat-trick highlight as Lennox wins over Alstonville

LENNOX Head off-spinner Travis Clarke took a double hat-trick as his team beat Alstonville in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head, on Saturday.

Clarke took two wickets on the final two balls of one over, completed the hat-trick on the first ball of his next over and took another wicket on the second ball.

He finished with 5-17 as Lennox Head jumped from sixth to fourth on the ladder.

Clarke has claimed nine wickets in his past two games, taking his season tally to 20.

Alstonville were dismissed for 164 after the home side finished on 9-240 after 40 overs.

The game was played as a one-dayer after the first day was washed out the previous week.

Lennox Head is looking good at the right time of the season, with Daniel Emms scoring 95 in the top order.

James Everingham made 48 and teenager Tobyn Burvill 44.

Terry Murphy was the pick of the Alstonville bowlers, taking 4-38 from his eight overs.

Top-order batsman Greg Potter made his highest score of the season with 72 but needed more support from his teammates.

All-rounder Steve Mison (24) was the only other Alstonville player to get beyond 20.

In other games, Cudgen are back on top of the ladder after beating Ballina Bears at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.

Bears captain Justin Moore scored 51 as his side chased a total of 254.

Cudgen all-rounder Caleb Ziebell was dominant again with a four-wicket haul to go with his half century the previous week.

Ziebell has now overtaken the Casino Cavaliers' Wade Sweeney as the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 27.

Cudgen has the wood on Bears at the moment after a convincing win in the one-day final the previous week.

Elsewhere, Tintenbar-East Ballina dug deep for an eight-run win over the Cavaliers at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

Cavs captain Sam Irvine was determined to make a game of it, scoring 97.

He now has 750 runs this season.

When Irvine was dismissed the Cavaliers had only one wicket in hand and all-rounder Abe Crawford took his third of the afternoon to complete the job.

Veteran Mark Grant also took three wickets for the 'Bar.

And Marist Brothers had a big win over Pottsville at Oakes Oval, Lismore.

Pottsville were bowled out for 150 chasing Brothers' big total of 8-316 declared.

Opening bowler Brendan Mitchell and youngsters Lachlan Ford and Tom Parsons each took three wickets.

IN A NUTSHELL

Competition points: Cudgen 58, Tintenbar-East Ballina 58, Ballina Bears 57, Lennox Head 51, Alstonville 48, Casino Cavaliers 48, Marist Brothers 39, Pottsville 27.

Next round: Tintenbar-East Ballina v Cudgen at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina; Lennox Head v Pottsville at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head; Alstonville v Ballina Bears at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar; Marist Brothers v Casino Cavaliers at Oakes Oval, Lismore.



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