Finals 'clear as mud'

WET outfields, stalled matches and batting collapses stifled the LJ Hooker League cricket over the weekend with the finals picture still as muddy as ever.

Taking on Ballina on Saturday – and fighting for their finals lives – Alstonville were sent in to bat and had their hopes dashed when rolled for just 85 with no batsman going past 20.

The Bears’ four-pronged bowling attack was relentless with Shane Jacobs (3-12), Sam Adams (3-20), Ben Collins (2-28) and Adam Izzard (2-13) the wicket-takers.

Jacobs now has 30 wickets for the season.

With only a glimmer of finals hope remaining – and probably needing to win all remaining matches – Alstonville fired up in the field with Terry Murphy ripping through Ballina’s top-order to give his men hope.

Murphy claimed dangerous Pom Aaron Jeal for a duck, then removed Andrew Gordon and Toby Hordern to have the premiers reeling at 4-50 with a day to play.

Alstonville sit seven points from fourth-spot which qualifies for the finals beginning on March 20.

The clash between Casino and Cudgen got underway on Saturday but was abandoned after just seven overs.

Brothers batted for 37 overs against South Tweed before the rain set in.

And matches between Tintenbar-East Ballina and Terranora Lakes, and Lennox Head and Lismore Workers saw no play at all. 



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