Mark Mison left to ponder
CASINO Cavaliers fast bowler Mark Mison thinks a quick chat with his coach was the catalyst for his stunning eight-wicket haul against Pottsville in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket at the weekend.
Struggling with the new-ball, the 30-year-old yardsman for a power company, returned to his trusty line and length against Pottsville and ripped through the top-order to give himself a chance to take all 10 wickets in the innings.
Mison’s new-ball partner, Wade Sweeney, wasn’t having the same luck from the other end, but when captain Al Nowlan made a bowling change, Mison had his chance taken away.
Medium-pacer Brendan Maguire cleaned up Pottsville’s tail in five balls and Mison was left to ponder what may have been.
“When I got the eighth I thought I was definitely in with a shot to get the lot,” Mison said.
“Then Brendan came on and finished them off in his first over.
“I wouldn’t call it disappointment or anything, but certainly an opportunity missed. I don’t know if I will get that close again.”
The right-armer can claim full credit for his haul – all eight were bowlers’ wickets - which came on a pitch described by some as a road.
Somehow Mison extracted enough from the pitch to have six batsmen caught in the slips cordon while clean bowling one and trapping another leg-before.
“I just tried to keep putting it in the right areas and the Pottsville batsmen obliged, they just kept knicking it,” he said.
“There wasn’t a lot in the pitch but I managed to get a little bit of movement; there is something there for the quicks if you really bend your back.”
Casino captain Al Nowlan agreed that he robbed Mison of a rare chance, but joked that there was nothing he could do about it.
“I suppose it was my fault he didn’t get all 10. I wanted to leave Wade (Sweeney) on to get a wicket but after six overs he had just had enough,” Nowlan said.
“So I threw the ball to Brendan (Maguire) and he came in and cleaned them up and buggered it for Mark.”
The FNC LJ Hooker League now has a two-week break, with the competition to resume on January 9.
Points ladder: Cudgen 54, Ballina Bears 51, Casino Cavaliers 49, Marist Brothers 40, Alstonville 39, South Tweed Colts 31, Southern Districts 29, Tintenbar-East Ballina 26, Terranora 24, Lennox Head 24, Brunswick-Byron 18, Workers 15, Murwillumbah 8, Pottsville 4.