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Gallagher makes cricket history

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: Former Alstonville Cricket Club player, Peter Gallagher, is one of two locals who have represented Finland.
INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: Former Alstonville Cricket Club player, Peter Gallagher, is one of two locals who have represented Finland. Contributed

TWO former Alstonville Cricket Club players have been representing Finland in the past few months.

Nathan Collins has captained the team, while Peter Gallagher has emerged as a star with the bat and ball for Finland in the Nordic-Baltic Trophy, taking on teams such as Norway, Sweden and Estonia.

The pair is living and working in the region, and putting the Plateau cricket club on the map.

Gallagher rewrote the Finnish Twenty20 record books by smashing the Estonian bowling to all parts in rapid time.

He was finally out on the last ball of the 19th over having amassed 116 runs off just 68 balls, with his maiden international hundred coming off 59 balls.

That was enough for him to win the award for best batter and the most valuable player award for the tournament which was reduced from six games a side to three due to rain.

He also finished the game with three wickets and has now cemented a place in the team.

Earlier, Gallagher opened the batting with Collins in the first game of the weekend against Sweden.

They put on a partnership of 44, with Collins finishing 70 not out. The game was called off due to bad light, with Sweden ahead on the run rate.

Collins is a former captain of Alstonville and played in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League for many years.

He moved overseas with his partner a few years ago and quickly found his way into the team.

It is another coup for the Alstonville cricket club which broke a 15-year premiership drought when it beat Cudgen in the FNC LJ Hooker League two-day final last summer.

The club will begin its title defence next month with the local cricket season scheduled to start on October 7.

Murwillumbah is to rejoin the competition while Lismore team Norths was forced to pull out after nominating a team in LJ Hooker League.

A meeting was held last night, with the competition format and draw to be sorted in the coming weeks.

It is likely to be a nine- team competition with Murwillumbah.