Cricket good HSC distraction

BATTING is a welcome distraction for Tintenbar-East Ballina's Kane Hamilton, who is halfway through his HSC exams.

The 18-year-old Southern Cross student took a break from the books to blaze a big century in his side's LJ Hooker League match against Marist Brothers at Neilson Park.

Hamilton contributed 161 as Tintenbar-East Ballina's went on to compile 9-383 in the first innings of their match.

The youngster batted beautifully but was twice dropped on his way to his maiden ton for the club.

“I've been playing since I was in under-14s and this is my first ever century for Tintenbar and my first in first grade,” Hamilton said.

“I got dropped when I was about six or seven, but I hit the ball pretty well, I guess you would call it a hard chance and then I got dropped again when I was about 115 or 120.”

Batting at first drop, Hamilton arrived at the crease with his team in excellent shape after captain Brett Crawford (92) lost his wicket at 123 and just eight runs shy of a century.

“It was a bad shot, just a lapse of concentration,” Crawford said of his dismissal.

“But he (Hamilton) batted really well. It was a very mature innings and at the end of the day it was good to see him hit it long and hard.”

Hamilton received strong support from Phil Dalli (45) and shared in an 85-run stand with his younger brother Luke Hamilton (25).

He was the second last batsmen to fall with the score at 365.

“The wicket was terrific, it was a road really and it was a good pitch to bat on,” he said.

“A wicket like that you should post a reasonable score on, and we did that. It means next week we can set an attacking field all day and, hopefully, bowl them all out.”

The youngster has two HSC exams out of the way and still has maths, biology and science to come.

Cricket gives him 'time away from the books'.

“I want to go to university and study environmental science,” he said.

Mixed bag

Hamilton provided one of the better batting performances on a weekend where there were some big scores, and some pretty low totals as well.

On the bowling side of the equation, Casino Cavaliers quick Wade Sweeney thanked a shower of rain at Oakes Oval for his haul of 4-15 against Southern Districts.

“I was actually bowling pretty ordinary and the pitch got a little wet there near the end as we had a shower and they couldn't get the covers on quick enough,” Sweeney explained.

“When we got back on the ball was moving around and I took some late wickets. I've been bowling terrible this year and copping a bit of stick for how ordinary I've been.”

Sweeney's four-wicket haul helped bring Southern Districts' first dig to an abrupt end at 115, with the Cavaliers making 3-75 in reply.

In other matches, Nathan Collins clobbered 88 and Nick Wappett made 56 as league leaders Alstonville made an impressive 8-343 against Lismore Workers at Heaps Oval; Ballina Bears English import Ben Collins snared 3-44 as they bowled out South Tweed for 188 and made 2-88 in reply; while Lennox Head are 0-20 chasing Brunswick/Byron's 143.



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