TOP SCORE: Toby Leeds plays a shot against Pottsville in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket.
TOP SCORE: Toby Leeds plays a shot against Pottsville in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket. Mitchell Craig

New Pirate takes control of the ship

NEW recruit Toby Leeds top-scored for Lennox Head with 61 runs against Pottsville in the first LJ Hooker League two-day game of the season at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville, at the weekend.

He came to the crease at 2-22 and helped steady the ship as the Pirates finished 9-198 with the stumps called 20 minutes early due to bad light.

Leeds, from Victoria, has plenty of height hitting numerous boundaries and will be a handy addition in the top order with captain Andrew Lindsay and Adam Fisher still to come back.

Stand-in skipper Travis Clarke and all-rounder Adam Gordon both contributed with 22 runs as Lennox edged closer to the 200-mark late in the game.

Young bats Jacob Graham (26) and Nick Asser (23) also made starts while promising Byron Bay junior Oliver Cronin is playing with the Pirates this season.

Pottsville have plenty of strike for the run chase and have welcomed back fast bowler Nathan Wilson who missed last season with a knee injury.

Wilson took two wickets while opening bowler Ryan McCloy finished with 4-45 from his 17 overs.

In other games, Ballina Bears are in a commanding position after a dominant performance from top-order batsman Justin Moore.

Moore scored 150 not out with Bears declaring 5-312 and all-rounder Ben Carruthers contributed with 47.

Murwillumbah are back in the top grade for the first time in three seasons and are currently 3-23 in their first innings.

Elsewhere, a move down the order looks to have paid dividends for Casino batsman Trent Bennett who top-scored with 88 runs in the middle order for the Cavaliers.

It was a good recovery by Casino after losing three early wickets and sitting on 3-14.

Casino declared at 9-202 with Marist Brothers 1-44 in reply at Neilson Park, Lismore.

And Cudgen rugby league duo Pat Rosser and Caleb Ziebell dominated with the bat against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.

Ziebell scored 96 from opening bat while Rosser scored 69 in the middle order in his first game for the club.

Rosser is a former NSW Country representative and is a big pick-up for Cudgen.



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