Fisher’s ton sets up big win for Lennox in semi

LENNOX Head top-order batsman Adam Fisher produced a career- best innings of 148 to help lead the Pirates to an emphatic win over Tintenbar-East Ballina in their Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket semi-final.

Fisher had been out of form with the bat in the lead-up to the play- offs, scoring only five runs in his past four innings.

Lennox went on to amass 9-441 by stumps on Saturday at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.

They won by 206 runs when Tintenbar-East Ballina were finally bowled out after a full day of play yesterday.

It was not all smooth sailing for the home side, which had to recover from 2-7 after losing Travis Clarke and Todd Fisher early.

Captain and NSW Country all-rounder Andrew Lindsay was the next to go on 47, with the Pirates 5-118 before Fisher and James Everingham (88) struck up a partnership in the middle-order.

All-rounder Adam Armistead also contributed with 47 to ensure they got over the 400 mark.

Earlier, opening batsman David Thompson grafted out 41 while Sam Lucas was a late arrival, flying in from Sydney to play.

Ben Frost and Steve Leahy shared the wickets for the 'Bar while all-rounder Brett Crawford battled a hamstring injury as they were forced to bowl 101.2 overs.

"He (Adam Fisher) smoked them and batted awesome all day," Lindsay said.

"He blocked the good balls and just pumped the bad ones.

"If he can do that again next week, who knows what could happen.

"The game could have been a lot different at 5-118 if those blokes in the middle order hadn't stepped up.

"To go out there and bat for 100 overs in this competition is just about unheard of.

"We've been close to getting a big total on the board but I didn't expect to get that many, especially in a semi-final."

In the other semi-final at the weekend, Cudgen top-order batsman Tait Burns dominated with 190 against Marist Brothers at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.

The minor premiers set a target of 392 and Brothers were 0-7 at stumps on Saturday. Only four balls could be bowled yesterday before the game was washed out.

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