Gordon leads the way as quick-fire 50 seals win
LENNOX Head all-rounder Adam Gordon might have batted his way into the top side after leading the Pirates to a win over Ballina Bears in FNC LJ Hooker League two-day competition.
Gordon started the season in the Coastal League but did not look out of place on Sunday when he changed the momentum of the game with an unbeaten 51 at Megan Crescent Oval.
Ballina looked like they were starting to get on top as Gordon came to the crease just before lunch.
All-rounder Jake Lyon chipped in with 35 as Gordon let loose after the lunch break needing only an hour as the Pirates finished 5-219.
He had some luck early when he given not out as Bears loudly appealed for a caught behind while Angus Callan scored his third half century is an many weeks.
Top-order batsman Adam Fisher looked good with the bat when he scored 44 while spinner Jordan Waugh bowled plenty of overs and finished with 4-44.
In other games, Casino RSM Cavaliers became the first team to beat defending premiers Cudgen this season at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
Cudgen won the toss and sent Casino into bat with the Cavaliers setting the target of 150 in the low-scoring affair.
Fast bowler Connor Ziebell stepped up in the absence of his older brother Caleb with an impressive five-wicket haul.
Cudgen were also without key bowlers James Julius and Anthony Kershler as Casino all-rounder Wade Sweeney top-scored with 38 in the middle-order.
However, the Casino bowlers were up to the task with Tom Carlton, Nick Ensby and Mark Mison taking three wickets each to bowler Cudgen out for 112 after 41.3 overs.
Elsewhere, Centuries to top-order batsmen Abe Crawford and Luke Hamilton were not enough for Tintenbar-East Ballina with the game against Marist Brothers ending in a draw
There was plenty of decent batting on display with Brothers top-order batsman Sam scoring 85 runs before his side declared 5-307.
Captain Brad Cleaver also scored 53 from opening bat while Dan Pratt (43), Kalub Auld (49) and Luke Hamshaw (37 not out) also contributed.
Crawford went on to score 109 with Hamilton 102 as the match ended early because of the weather at 4-261.
And the game between Alstonville and Pottsville also ended in a draw at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
Pottsville top-order batsman Aaron Laycock scored 104 not out while all-rounder Steve Mison top-scored for his team with 77.