Nowlan turns back the clock for Cavaliers
CASINO veteran Al Nowlan took three wickets in one over to help the Cavaliers to first innings points over Lennox Head in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Nowlan, now well into his 40s, has been bowling fewer overs this season but ripped through the middle-order on Saturday in a two-day game at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.
He dismissed Adam Fisher, Travis Clarke and teenager Ben Moyle all without scoring.
All-rounder Andrew Lindsay was the only shining light for the home side with a determined 66 while Adam Armistead did his best at the end, contributing 23.
The Cavaliers wasted no time when they came to the crease soon after the tea break with Lennox Head all out for 133 after 43 overs.
Top-order batsman Sam Irvine (31) punished Lennox and looked likely to see out the innings before he was bowled by a brilliant delivery from fast bowler Andrew Hermann.
All-rounder Wade Sweeney (20 not out) kept the scoreboard ticking over and got his team ahead in the final over of the day with the Cavaliers 6-135 at stumps.
Meanwhile, Alstonville opening bowler Terry Murphy returned to form with career best figures of 7-88 against Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Murphy had Bears reeling at 3-17 when he claimed the wickets of top-order batsmen Lee Barnett, Toby Hordern and Nick Watson in his first three overs.
A partnership between experienced duo Ben Carruthers (63) and Justin Moore (80) steadied the ship and helped Ballina to a competitive total of 241.
Elsewhere, Cudgen captain Terry Wilson finished 47 not out after taking two wickets against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Kingford Smith Park, Ballina.
The 'Bar were dismissed for 196 with Cudgen 1-65 in reply.
And Pottsville's Greg Brennan played a lone hand of 42 not out when he side was dismissed for 127 by Marist Brothers at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
All-rounder Jared Seiffert and opening bowler Brendan Mitchell took three wickets each.
Brothers still have some work ahead of them after finishing 4-82 at stumps.
The competition's leading run-scorer Sam Martin will resume on 35 along with experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Collings.