Lindsay's last-ball ton not enough
IT came down to the last ball of the innings when Lennox Head captain Andrew Lindsay scored a century against Ballina Bears in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Lindsay, on 99, was able to get it away to finish 101 not out and give his side a chance at 4-181 after a slow start at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
However, it was not enough and Bears never really looked in trouble in the run chase, finishing on 5-183 with three overs to spare.
Lindsay had been at the crease since the second ball after opening batsman Travis Clarke was out caught and bowled on the first ball of the game.
Bears made their intentions clear in the run chase when opener Lee Barnett hit a boundary first ball.
The Pirates responded with some early wickets before all-rounder Ben Carruthers steadied the ship with 64 runs.
All-rounder Tyson Cox finished not out for the second straight week, scoring 36, while Lee Pattinvo was also there at the end on 29.
Elsewhere, big scores in the top-order enabled Tintenbar-East Ballina to beat Marist Brothers at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
Captain Nathan Hoey top-scored for the second straight week with 75 while a returning Brett Crawford hit 72 as the 'Bar chased down 242 with seven wickets to spare.
Earlier, Brothers top-order batsman Sam Martin scored his fifth straight half century of the season, opener Luke Barnsley made 52 and Kaleb Auld 46.
Opening batsman Abe Crawford put Tintenbar in the box seat with a typically hard-hitting 58.
Meanwhile, Alstonville off-spinner Lewis McNally took four wickets as his side beat Pottsville at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
The red soilers set a reasonable total of 214 with all-rounder Steve Mison now the leading run-scorer in the competition after another 75 at the top of the order.
Mison has already scored 469 runs this season and looked as though he might score his first ton in the top grade.
Captain Steve Robb took 3-16 from his eight overs of left-arm orthodox spin.
And defending premiers Cudgen cruised to a comfortable win over the Casino Cavaliers at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
The Cavaliers were skittled for 94 with fast bowler James Julius and spinner Anthony Kershler taking three wickets each for the home side.
An unbeaten 82-run stand between opening batsman Caleb Ziebell (46) and Tait Burns (33) was enough to get Cudgen home with nine wickets to spare.