Opener finally among the runs

NORTHERN Star opening batsman Kristiaan Ezzy can now bat with freedom this summer after shaking the monkey from his back before Christmas.

In Star's last match against Shaws Bay in the Ballina Premier League Twenty20 comp, Ezzy pumped 70 runs after some lean scores to bring his side's record to two wins from two games.

The youngster helped take Star's score over 100 for the loss of no wicket together with English import George Fleming on the way to his side registering a narrow win.

The next day Ezzy scored 54 for Alstonville against Marist Brothers, meaning all that early-season pressure is off.

"It was good to finally get some runs in that game and it broke the shackles for me," he said.

Ezzy praised the work of Fleming in his side's Twenty20 win over the Shawsy.

"That was the first time we had batted together and I was just having a swing at everything so George kept pushing the singles well," he said.

Ezzy is wary of the threat tonight's opponent Davey Pumps will bring in the 7.30pm clash at Fripp Oval despite them losing their first two games.

"They've lost some, but every team's strong in this comp," he said.

In the other match, starting at 4.30pm, fellow undefeated side Barlows Bolt Barn will take on Shaws Bay Hotel.

Barlows' Nathan Anson will go into the match in form after an impressive 62 in his side's victory over Davey Pumps.

He was impressed with the performance of captain and veteran Shane Jacobs in that win.

"Jaco came in down the order and hit 23 not out for us and then bowled tight as always," he said.

"He's actually not a bad bat - he can hang around and do a job for you or he can hit long and straight."



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