Mison claims magnificent seven
CASINO Cavaliers pace bowler Mark Mison celebrated his 300th Far North Cricket LJ Hooker League wicket in style against Alstonville at Hill Park, Wollongbar.
Mison finished with seven wickets as Alstonville were bundled out for a meagre 52 in their first innings.
The 32-year-old will be on a hat-trick when the hosts get sent in to bat again.
The Cavaliers have already passed Alstonville's first innings tally, reaching 4-60 at the end of day one with Sam Irvine not out on 43.
The Cavaliers' first innings win has all but ensured the reigning premiers will yet again play in the semifinals of the Hooker League while Alstonville's task of making the top four has become a difficult one.
Mison, who has played for the Cavaliers for 11 years, was simply unplayable.
He dismissed Alstonville's top five batsmen to have the home side reeling at 5-41.
Mison has taken 28 wickets this summer but is never satisfied.
"My bowling is not where it should be but Saturday was one of my better days," he said.
"Hopefully things turn around for me now.
"There were a few congratulatory words for me after I got my 300th wicket but then we just got on with it."
Workers Goonellabah surprised last season's finalists Cudgen by compiling 151 in their first innings at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
In reply, the hosts are 4-23.
Workers Goonellabah's Craig Attewell scored his first Hooker League half century (67).
"He wasn't many after the first 20 overs but he stayed out there and was the backbone of our innings," Workers Goonellabah captain Jason Caught said.
Marist Brothers' clash against Byron Bay at Lismore's Oakes Oval is evenly poised with the visitors 4-29 in reply to Brothers' 101 all out.
Brothers captain Craig Ferguson is confident his bowlers can defend their small total.
"It was a difficult wicket to bat on and the outfield was quite slow," he said.
"We had them 4-5 at one stage before their young batsmen Harry O'Brien and Tobyn Burvill put on a nice little partnership.
"But I think we're on top and they'll need to bat extremely well on Saturday to beat us, even if the batting conditions are better."
Tintenbar-East Ballina still has some work to do in its game against Pottsville at Seabreeze.
The hosts were bowled out for 133 and the 'Bar is 5-56 in reply.
"The first 15-20 minutes this Saturday will be important," the 'Bar allrounder Brett Crawford said.
"We had a few soft dismissals in our innings but we've still got Nathan Hoey (19 not out) out there and Abe Crawford and Duncan Elphick to come."
Ballina Bears opener George Fleming carried his bat with 56 not out from 65.5 overs as his side was bowled out for 162 against Terranora Lakes at Bilambil.
The hosts are 4-21 in reply.
"George did really well to bat that long on a pitch that was a minefield ... the ball moved around all day," Bears captain Sam Adams said.