Layton, Collings rescue Marist Brothers
MARIST Brothers can thank the batting pair of Ben Layton and Toby Collings for rescuing them in their Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket match against Alstonville at Heaps Oval in Lismore.
Alstonville must have been contemplating an early end to the innings after their bowlers had reduced Brothers to 6-72 at one stage on a hot Saturday afternoon.
Enter the youngster Layton and the hard-hitting Collings on a rescue mission.
The pair shared a 91-run stand to ensure that Brothers almost batted out the day and reached a respectable total of 220 at stumps.
The batsmen played innings of contrasting styles.
Layton's knock of 60 was full of patience and selective shot-making, while Collings' runs were accumulated at a far more rapid rate.
“We had a pretty slow start and lost a couple more wickets than we wanted to,” captain Craig Ferguson said.
“I thought we were fairly even throughout the day and we hung in there and batted almost right through which was a pretty good total in the end.”
Ferguson heaped praise on his two top-scoring batsmen, who managed to dig their side out of trouble after the loss of so many early wickets.
“Especially Benny Layton,” Ferguson said. “He is the youngest fella in the side and really stepped up and batted a long time. He controlled his innings and really got the result for us.
“Toby Collings has been batting well for some time.
“He is a pretty fierce striker of the ball and got his runs fairly quickly.”
Meanwhile, at Reg Dalton Oval in Kingscliff, Cudgen quick Michael Anderson ripped through the Ballina Bears batting line-up to have them all out for 152.
Anderson took 6-30 off 10.2 overs and was well supported by James Julius with 2-33.
Cudgen captain Jamie Wilson said it had been a good toss to win as the pitch gave the bowlers plenty of assistance.
“There was a little bit in it, but they still had to bowl it in the right spot,” he said.
“Unfortunately we lose both of them to representative duties next week as they'll be playing for South East Queensland.
“Michael is one of the fastest bowlers in the competition, if not the fastest, while James is more of a lanky bloke, like Glenn McGrath.”
Although Wilson said the wicket had settled down later in the day, Cudgen were still struggling at 5-93 at the close of play.
Ballina's Nathan Anson took 2-22 to complete a pretty satisfying day individually, after top-scoring for his side with a well compiled 48.
In other games:
- Pottsville was bowled out for a paltry 98 and Murwillumbah had reached 3-91 in reply in their match at Seabreeze Estate Oval.
- Lennox Head made 142 with James Everingham top-scoring with 56. In reply Tintenbar-East Ballina were 2-51 at stumps.
- Luke Baker compiled 40 as Terranora Lakes reached 8-199 in their match against the Casino Cavaliers at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
- Lismore Workers were 0-20 in reply to South Tweed's 9-137. Workers' left-arm paceman Jason Caught took 4-17 off 15 overs.
- Souths scored 173 after being sent in at Thompson Oval, Brunswick Heads, with Brunswick-Byron reaching 0-35 in reply.