Irvine leads the way with third century of the season
CASINO Cavaliers captain Sam Irvine scored his third century of the season in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket at the weekend.
Irvine finished on 101 as Casino declared 8-251 against Pottsville in a two-day game at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
He was supported in the middle order by Sam Dietrich (48) and Nicholas Ensby was unbeaten on 34.
Pottsville was up for the fight though, with opener Adam Rogers blasting 78 off 32 balls in the run chase.
He hit nine fours and five sixes as Pottsville finished 2-98 at stumps.
In other games, Ballina Bears are in a good position against Marist Brothers at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
All-rounder Sam Adams had Brothers reeling at 3-0 when he claimed the wickets of Ash Simes, Sam Martin and Blake Fitzgerald.
Brothers fought back before they were dismissed for 152 with Bears 2-66 in reply.
A determined effort at the tail end by Jared Seiffert (48) and Luke Hamshaw (42) helped the Brethren beyond 100.
Ballina spinner Jonny Phelps cleaned up the tail, taking four wickets.
Bears are definitely in the box seat with captain and top-order batsman Justin Moore back from NSW Country duty this weekend.
Elsewhere, Tintenbar- East Ballina has a game on its hands against Alstonville at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
Alstonville is 3-73 after it dismissed the competition leaders for 220.
Spearhead Terry Murphy and Josh Pearce took three wickets each for Alstonville.
And Cudgen batted out 80 overs, finishing 8-323 against Lennox Head at Meagan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.
Opener Caleb Ziebell set the tone with 82 and top-order batsman Tait Burns contributed with 58.
Cudgen captain Terry Wilson scored 51 at the tail end with Connor Zibell hanging around for a handy 26 to ensure Cudgen scored over 300 runs.
Lennox Head spinner Jordan Waugh bowled 33 overs and took two wickets along with all-rounder Adam Armistead and leg spinner Travis Clarke.
The Pirates welcome back captain and leading run-scorer Andrew Lindsay from the Australian Country Cricket Championships for the run chase this weekend.
Lindsay took two wickets for NSW Country when it Beat East Asia Pacific in a one-dayer yesterday.
It also beat Queensland Country in a two-day game on Saturday with another one-dayer against Victoria. Country to finish the competition today.
MARIST BROTHERS v BALLINA BEARS
(at Oakes Oval, Lismore)
Marist Brothers won the toss
MARIST BROTHERS 1st innings
A Simes, lbw S Adams, 0
B Cleaver, lbw Pittavino, 18
S Martin, c Pittavino b Adams 0
B Fitzgerald, c Burdock b Adams 0
J Cooper, b Perkins 3
C Stahl, c Adams b Ogden 23
S Rose, c Pittavino b Phelps 1
L Collings, b Phelps 5
J Seiffert, b Phelps 48
L Hamshaw c and b Phelps 42
B Mitchell, not out 0
Fall: 0 0 0 7 45 54 54 59 143 152
Bowling: 17-5-39-3, J Perkins 10-4-30-1, T Ogden 5-0-17-1, J Phelps 8.4-1-23-4, L Pittavino 6-2-18-1, A Hart 1-0-7-0, B Carruthers 3-0-8-0
BALLINA BEARS 1st innings
L Cleaver, not out 29
S Burdock, c Collings b Martin 8
J Phelps, run out 2
B Carruthers, not out 20
LENNOX HEAD v CUDGEN
(at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head)
Cudgen won the toss
CUDGEN 1st innings
Caleb Ziebell, 82
J Wilson, 7
T Burns, 58
A Williams, 11
J Harrington, 25
D Potter, 27
C Gall, 0
N Kerr, 18
Connor Ziebell, 26
T Wilson, 51
Fall: 8 108 131 192 192 193 231 253
Bowling: A Huxtable 7-0-45-1, A Armistead 18-3-89-2, J Waugh 33-12-100-2, T Clarke 18-1-58-2, J Lyon 4-0-16-1
CASINO CAVALIERS v POTTSVILLE
(at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino)
Casino Cavaliers won the toss.
CASINO 1st innings
I Murphy, lbw Little 1
T Hordern, c Engler b Little 8
M Grimston, lbw Little o
S Irvine c Bennett b Hoare 101
S Dietrich c Brennan b Hoare 49
J Olive a and b Hoare 4
R Mison, lbw Engler 24
T Carlton st Rogers b Little 9
N Ensby not out 34
M Bradshaw not 13
TOTAL 8-251 declared
Bowling: N Wilson 12-1-60-0, A Little 10-0-34-4, J Ainsworth 9-1-35-0, B Engler 6-0-21-1, J Hoare 18-1-81-3, J Bennett 10-4-17-0
POTTSVILLE 1st innings
A Rogers, c Olive b Ensby 78
O Van Megchelen, lbw R Mison 0
J Hoare, not out 12
J Tripp, not out 4
Fall: 2 92
TINTENBAR-EAST Ballina v ALSTONVILLE
(at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina)
Tintenbar-East Ballina won the toss
TINTENBAR-EAST Ballina 1st innings
bowling: T Murphy 16-4-51-3, J Williams 10-1-47-2, S Robb 2-0-12-0, J Pearce 13-3-42-3, J Caught 5-1-21-0, T Parsons 7-0-44-1
ALSTONVILLE 1st innings
A Lindsay, 14
K Ezzy, 32
M Pearce, 12
K Yager, 0 not out
Fall 38 60 72