Alstonville batsman Steve Robb is kept on his toes by Marist Brothers bowler Stuart Rose at Oakes Oval on Saturday.
Alstonville batsman Steve Robb is kept on his toes by Marist Brothers bowler Stuart Rose at Oakes Oval on Saturday. Cathy Adams

Pottsville all out for 21

THE Casino Cavaliers didn’t have to worry too much about beating the storms to get a result in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket on Saturday – they were twisting the tops off a few cold ones by 2.15pm.

The Cavs routed Pottsville for just 21 – believed to be the second lowest total in the 15-year history of the league – and dusted off the required runs in less than five overs.

Their reply was helped by a couple of sixes from Wade Sweeney (21 not out), who achieved the rare feat of equalling an opposing team’s total off his own bat.

On a day when the late afternoon storms prevented a result in three of the seven one-day games, Cavs fast bowler Mark Mison made light work of the Pottsville batting.

He took eight wickets – including the first seven to fall – for five runs from six overs.

His figures are believed to be the best since the inception of the Hooker League in 1994-95.

After being sent in, the Pottsville innings started at 1pm and lasted just 13 overs.

Casino batsman Myles McDowell said the wicket at Queen Elizabeth Park was good, with consistent bounce and carry.

“The batting was pretty ordinary,” he said. “They played too many loose shots.”

McDowell said Mison had used the new ball well, making the batsmen play – and Sam Irvine had a field day at second slip, holding four catches.

“We were pretty pumped for this one,” McDowell said.

“It was our last hit-out before the break and it was the club’s ladies’ day, where we get all the wives, girlfriends and mothers to the ground for a bit of fun.”

There was certainly plenty of time left for the frivolities.

The only lower total in Hooker League history is thought to be when Workers were bowled out for 13 a few seasons ago.

The loss continues a horror season for Pottsville, who are yet to win a game and were similarly humiliated when beaten outright inside a day by Tintenbar-East Ballina in a scheduled two-day match.

The ’Bar bowled out Pottsville for just 29, replied with 6-136 declared, then dismissed the hapless Tweed club for 72 in their second innings.

The four-hour capitulation led to calls for the club to be dumped from the league next season because their performances were making a mockery of the competition and distorting the pointscore.

That argument can only be strengthened by what happened at Casino on Saturday.

In other games:

Defending premiers Ballina Bears sneaked a countback win over Lennox Head even though they finished nine short of their target and had only one wicket in hand. Lennox made 9-126 from their 40 overs and Bears replied with 9-118 in 26 overs before the rain came.

Dave Eddy hit 55 for Bears, while Ben Collins and Sam Adams (Bears) and Paul Milgate and Glen Watkins (Lennox Head) got among the wickets.

Competition leaders Cudgen (4-108) cruised to an easy win over Brunswick-Byron (102) at Brunswick Heads.

Alstonville (133) again had trouble with its middle-order batting but it didn’t matter because the response of Marist Brothers (0-6) was in only the second over when the storms hit Oakes Oval, Lismore.

Brendan Santin scored 40 for Workers (144) in their rain-affected draw against Murwillumbah (4-98 in 20 overs) at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah.

Captain Richard Nind top-scored in Souths’ impressive 6-221 against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore, before rain prevented any further play.

South Tweed (9-190) defeated Terranora Lakes (8-188) with only a ball to spare.

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