Maiden ton sets up Brothers’ best win
CAPTAIN Brad Cleaver scored his first century in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket to lead Marist Brothers to their best win of the season.
Cleaver batted through his team's innings for 102 not out after winning the toss against Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Brothers finished with 3-191 from their 40 overs in the one-day game with Ashley Simes (42) and Sam Martin (26) also chipping in.
Bears, who were without captain and top batsman Justin Moore, slumped to 5-16 in reply, struggling against the Brothers new ball attack of Brendan Mitchell (3-11) and Michael German (2-19).
Sam Burdock (67) and Lee Pittavino (58 not out) gave Bears some hope but they fell seven runs short at 9-184.
The result puts Brothers into the top four for the first time this season and Bears out of the top four, also for the first time this season.
In the top-of-the-table clash, a remarkable innings from Travis Burns set up Cudgen's win over Lennox Head at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Burns scored 132 in the Cudgen total of 199 with no other batsman reaching 20.
Sam Lucas (40) and Adam Armistead (30) did best with the bat for Lennox but they fell well short at 9-169.
Both teams were without key players, Caelb Ziebell (Cudgen) and Andrew Lindsay (Lennox Head), to representative duties.
Tintenbar-East Ballina (2-163) cruised to an easy win over Alstonville (156) at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
The 'Bar reached the target in just 24 overs.
It was a Crawford demolition job with the ball for Tintenbar, Brett taking 4-24 and his younger namesake Abe 4-16 from eight overs.
Abe Crawford completed a handy all-round perform-ance, scoring 42 in the run chase, while veteran Mick Warburton was there at the end on 45 not out.
In the other game, Pottsville (4-100) did it even easier in getting past the Casino Cavaliers (99) at Sea-breeze Oval, Pottsville.
The home team chased down the runs required in only 19 overs.
Spinner Liam Reynolds (5-23) finished with his best bowling figures for Pottsville and he was well supported by John Ainsworth (3-21).
Trent Bennett (38) and Rob Mison (27 not out) were the only Casino batsmen to make any impression, while Matt Bradshaw (4-14) was the best of their bowlers.
Remarkably, there were seven ducks in the Cavaliers innings, including captain and batting key Sam Irvine.
Equally remarkably, not one sundry was recorded in either innings.
Tintenbar and Pottsville each picked up a batting bonus point in their wins.
HOW THEY STAND
LADDER: Cudgen 32, Lennox Head 26, Tintenbar-East Ballina 24, Marist Brothers 23, Pottsville 21, Ballina Bears 20, Alstonville 11, Casino Cavaliers 5.
NEXT ROUND: Marist Brothers v Alstonville at Oakes Oval, Lismore; Casino Cavaliers v Cudgen at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino; Lennox Head v Tintenbar-East Ballina at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head; Pottsville v Ballina Bears at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.