FROM THE FRONT: Nathan Hoey turns a ball off his pads while batting for Tintenbar-East Ballina. Hoey led the way with a century on Saturday.
FROM THE FRONT: Nathan Hoey turns a ball off his pads while batting for Tintenbar-East Ballina. Hoey led the way with a century on Saturday. Mitchell Craig

Hoey's handy hundred

TINTENBAR-East Ballina captain Nathan Hoey set up victory with a century against Alstonville in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.

It was a timely ton for Hoey as the rest of the side struggled to score runs in the one-day game at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, on Saturday.

They set a reasonable total of 9-211 as Alstonville captain Steve Robb did his best to lift the side with a four-wicket haul.

However, the red soilers' top-order struggled again before all-rounder Steve Mison scored 71, taking his season aggregate to 394.

They lost their way again when he was dismissed but still batted out the 40 overs to finish on 6-178.

In other games, top-order batsmen Lachlan Barnsley and Sam Martin continued their recent run of form when Marist Brothers beat Ballina Bears at Nielson Park, East Lismore.

Barnsley opened the batting and top-scored with 66 while Martin contributed 63 as the Brethren chased down the target of 264 with an over remaining.

Bears captain Justin Moore top-scored with 84 before Tyson Cox got them to a competitive total with an unbeaten 50 in the middle order.

Elsewhere, a 107-run partnership between Alec Williams (60) and Doug Potter (83) paved the way for Cudgen to beat Lennox Head at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.

No one was safe from the wrath of Cudgen as a nearby car windscreen was smashed when one of the sixes cleared the boundary.

Williams also played with plenty of confidence, walking down the pitch, and looked like he could have scored more before a lapse in judgment resulted in him being stumped.

It was a good recovery by Cudgen from 3-74 to 7-258.

Lennox Head looked good early with opener Angus Callan edging closer to a century with another determined innings of 90.

The Pirates were 2-83 and never recovered after their captain Andrew Lindsay was out leg-before for one.

All-rounder Jake Lyon stuck around for an entertaining 37 not out as Lennox finished on 9-202.

And Pottsville all-rounder Ryan McCloy took four wickets to set his side up for a convincing win over the Casino Cavaliers at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

The Cavs were always going to struggle to contain the Pottsville top order after they were bowled out for 150.

Top-order batsman Aaron Laycock backed up his century last week with 50 not out while opener Adam Rogers scored 55 as Pottsville won with eight wickets to spare.



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