Jake Muscat of Marist Brothers bowling in the game against Lennox Head at Lennox Head on Saturday.
Jake Muscat of Marist Brothers bowling in the game against Lennox Head at Lennox Head on Saturday. Jay Cronan

Muscat part of a gun bowling attack

LEADING Marist Brothers bowler Jake Muscat believes his team has the fire-power to make the Far North CoastLJ Hooker League cricket semi-finals.

Brothers have had an inconsistent season and are sixth on the ladder.

They will need to win their last two games against Tintenbar-East Ballina and Terranora Lakes - and rely on other results going their way - if they are to sneak third or fourth spot.

The 'Bar jumped to third with a win over Pottsville at the weekend.

Muscat has taken 21 wickets this season and shares the responsibility with quicks Stephen Prosser and Brendan Mitchell.

"We're feeling good and I think we're up to it," Muscat said.

"It's a pretty good attack and we work well as a unit."

Muscat, 19, is in his third year playing top grade at Brothers but is yet to play semi-finals at the club.

He is an imposing figure with the ball and stands 1.80m.

"When I bowl I stand upright to try to get bounce out of the wicket," Muscat said.

"I'm lucky with the fielders I have around me and we should have the same team for the rest of the season."

Brothers welcome back wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Reading after he played for NSW Under-19s at the Australian championships in Adelaide last month.

Reading is recovering from shin splints following the carnival, with skipper Luke Collings able to replace him behind the stumps if needed.

Muscat also plays Division 1 baseball for the Runcorn Indians in the Greater Brisbane League.

He believes Brothers will need an outright win over Terranora at Bilambil Oval in the last round.

Terranora are ninth but have beaten the Casino Cavaliers and Byron Bay at home this season.

The Cavaliers need to keep winning but it won't be easy when they host fourth-placed Byron Bay at Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday.

It's a danger game for Alstonville - which is also fighting it out for a place in semi-finals - when they travel to Seabreeze Oval to take on Pottsville.

Cudgen have jumped to first on the ladder and will play Terranora Lakes at Bilambil Oval.

Ballina Bears could reclaim top spot with seven points from the bye this round.

Lennox Head have struggled this season and could be the only side not to win outright against Murwillumbah when they play at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.

 

POINTS LADDER

  • Cudgen 62
  • Ballina Bears 61
  • Tintenbar-East Ballina 55
  • Byron Bay 53
  • Alstonville 50
  • Marist Brothers 47
  • Casino Cavaliers 44
  • Pottsville 38
  • Terranora Lakes 36
  • Lennox Head 25
  • Murwillumbah 7


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