Lennox pulls off Houdini escape
ANDREW Lindsay was the hero while Michael Anderson and Brendan Mitchell also had days to remember in round five LJ Hooker League action.
Lindsay struck an unbeaten 80 as Lennox Head climbed off the ropes to snatch a first-innings win over Alstonville and strengthen its hopes of a first-ever minor premiers plate.
Day two of the round five contest on Saturday was a dramatic affair, with ailing Lennox skipper Todd Fisher getting out of his sick bed as last man to help his team to victory.
All-rounder Lindsay, who teamed up with first grade rookie Callum Carmont (37) to take the league leaders to victory, said a relaxed approach had paid dividends.
"To be honest, I was pretty confident with our batting line-up that we could do it," he said.
"Callum played an awesome innings. He really looked the part out there.
"They bowled pretty well, but we just nudged the runs around and got the win."
Chasing Alstonville's 190, Lennox seemed out of the contest at 7-70.
Lindsay and Carmont teamed up to take their team to the verge of victory, though, with Lennox's other tailenders also chipping in.
The win made it five victories from five games so far this season for the seasiders, who lead the table going into the Christmas break.
Former Sydneysider Lindsay, who joined the club at the start of the season, said good team work had been decisive so far.
"To be honest, no-one is taking things too seriously," he said. "We've heard us described as a one-man team, but we're trying to work out who that is.
"Everyone is chipping in with the bat or the ball.
"I'm really enjoying it."
Defeat was tough on Alstonville's Jason Caught, who finished with 6-57.
Meanwhile, Anderson and Mitchell both finished with 10-wicket hauls to help their sides to victory.
Anderson took eight wickets as Cudgen dismissed Tintenbar-East Ballina for just 120 in its first innings.
He then followed up with another two in the Bar's second knock of 5-150.
Mitchell finished with match figures of 10-128 as Marist Brothers chalked up a comprehensive outright victory over Murwillumbah.
Ballina Bears took the first innings spills against Casino Cavaliers.
The competition resumes on January 11.
LJ HOOKER LEAGUE SCOREBOARD
ALSTONVILLE v LENNOX HEAD (at Hill Park Oval)
1st innings: Alstonville 190 all out (Terry Murphy 51; Todd Fisher 4-30, Adam Armistead 3-33).
Lennox Head 191 all out (Andrew Lindsay 80 not out, Callum Carmont 37; Jason Caught 6-57, S. Robb 4-51).
LENNOX HEAD WINS on 1st INNINGS
CUDGEN v TINTENBAR-EAST BALLINA (at Reg Dalton Oval)
1st innings: Cudgen 304 all out (Jamie Wilson 103, Tait Burns 52, Caleb Ziebell 56, Alec Williams 46; Brett Crawford 5-70).
Tintenbar-East Ballina 120 all out (Abe Crawford 43; Michael Anderson 8-64).
2nd innings (following-on): Tintenbar-East Ballina 5-150 (Luke Halverson 27, Mick Gabriel 27, Scott Hogden 27; M. Anderson 2-26).
CUDGEN WINS on 1st INNINGS
MARIST BROTHERS v MURWILLUMBAH (at Oakes Oval, Lismore)
1st innings: Marist Brothers 7-198 (Sam Martin 41; Vinnie Quigley 2-14).
Murwillumbah 128 all out (Vinnie Quigley 26; Brendan Mitchell 6-34, Luke Hamshaw 2-13).
2nd innings: Marist Brothers 2-75 declared (Jeremy Cowin 40 not out); Murwillumbah 94 all out (Brendan Mitchell 4-94).
MARIST BROTHERS WINS OUTRIGHT
BALLINA BEARS v CASINO GOLF CLUB CAVALIERS (at Fripp Oval, Ballina)
1st innings: Ballina Bears 7-278 declared (James Thorpe 58 not out, Brad Robertson 53, Lee Pittavino 44 not out; Rob Mison 3-53).
Casino Golf Club Cavaliers 205 all out (Sam Irvine 74, Kale Hare 33; Ben Collins 3-41).
BALLINA BEARS WINS on 1st INNINGS
TERRANORA v POTTSVILLE (at Bilmabil Oval)
1st innings: Terranora 160 (Dylan Catt 33; Ryan McCloy 4-25).
Pottsville 87 (David Parkes 5-39).
2nd innings: Terranora 146 (Luke Baker 48).
Pottsville 7-168 (David Parkes 4-46; Grant Thompson 3-56).
TERRANORA WIN on 1st INNINGS.