Mitchell fires as Brothers rise up
MARIST Brothers continued their climb up the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League leaderboard by claiming batting bonus points in their win against Alstonville at Oakes Oval.
Blake Fitzgerald top scored with 35 while Kaleb Auld chimed in with a handy 15 as Marist Brothers reeled in Alstonville's total of 70 in just 15 overs.
Earlier, Brothers spearhead Brendan Mitchell took five wickets for just 12 runs as the Alstonville batsmen struggled to find their rhythm in the hot conditions.
Jordan Williams top scored for Alstonville with a determined 17 while Terry Murphy was the best of the bowlers with 2/19.
The batting bonus elevates Marist Brothers to 33 points on the table.
Tintenbar-East Ballina are on 31 points after edging out Lennox Head.
More than 500 runs were smashed off the allotted 80 overs with Abe Crawford scoring his first century of the season to help Tintenbar-East Ballina to an impressive 6-266.
Nathan Hoey made a valuable 76 but it was Crawford who dominated with the bat, reaching 106 before he was caught by Jake Lyon off the bowling of Jordon Waugh.
Waugh was the best of the Lennox Head bowlers, finishing with 3/42.
Despite the imposing target, Lennox Head threatened to steal the match before running out of overs.
Andrew Lindsay, fresh from a century last week, piled on 97 runs while Adam Huxtable was unbeaten on 43 as Lennox Head finished on 5/242.
Aaron Klassen was the best of the Tintenbar East-Ballina bowlers, claiming 2/40.
Meanwhile Cudgen remained atop the leaderboard after a thumping 111-win over Casino Golf Club Cavaliers at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Alec Williams top scored for Cudgen with 73 while Jamie Wilson finished unbeaten on 71.
Adam Shields was Casino's best with the bat scoring 38. James Julius led the Cudgen bowling attack with 4/26.
Ballina Bears only needed three batsmen to surpass Pottsville's score of 64.