No joy at SCG Cup cricket

BOTH Lismore and Ballina have been knocked out in the opening round of the SCG Cup State cricket competition.

Ballina were bowled out for 200 chasing their oppponent Tweed Coast's total of 228 runs, while Lismore went down swinging as they attempted to overhaul Lower Clarence's massive 8-315.

Ballina suffered a middle-order collapse in its run chase and had to rely on a 53-run last wicket partnership to get it to within a sniff of victory.

Tintenbar-East Ballina captain Brett Crawford top-scored with 53 runs while Dave Eddy made 34.

Eddy was the best with the ball taking 4-34 and Steve Robb 4-33.

Meanwhile, in Yamba, Lismore lost the toss and then succumbed on a flat track allowing one of the Lower Clarence openers to go on and make 150.

“It was a good toss to win because they batted and then their opener did all the damage,” Lismore captain Richard Nind said.

“We put him down a couple of times which was costly for us.”

Lismore did manage to muster 9-239 in reply but were always under pressure trying to overhaul such a big total.

Craig Attewell top-scored with 44 while Jeremy Cowin was best with the ball taking 2-48.



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