Paceman swings the game to Alstonville

ALSTONVILLE fast bowler Terry Murphy took three wickets in four balls to lead his side to an 18-run win over Ballina Bears in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket.

Murphy claimed the scalps of Chris Jones, Luke Hall and Tyson Cox as the Bears tail collapsed at Fripp Oval, Ballina, in the third round of one-day games.

Bears were 6-99 when Murphy struck and were dismissed for 155.

Murphy finished with 4-31 after taking the final wicket, that of middle-order batsman Lee Pittavino (43).

"Terry taking those wickets swung the game into our hands," Alstonville captain Nathan Collins said.

"Our bowlers always stand up and it's always good to beat last year's premiers even though it isa new-look Bears side."

Collins opened the batting and top-scored with 67.

A middle-order partner-ship with Darren Wright got them past the 100 mark as they finished on 9-173 after 40 overs.

"I'm happy to have finally contributed," Collins said.

"Going into the game I felt like all I'd managed to do so far is work on my tan.

"There is still plenty to improve on. I feel like we're still in first gear in the batting department."

In other games, Andrew Lindsay and James Everingham led Lennox Head to a win over Pottsville.

Lindsay (71) top-scored and Everingham (45) also chipped in.

Pottsville top-order bats-man Adam Rogers made 79 as Pottsville finished its 40 overs on 9-190.

Elsewhere, Cudgen had a 97-run win against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.

Opener Jamie Wilson top-scored with 60 while Tintenbar's Brett Crawford claimed 3-43 as Cudgen set a target of 243.

All-rounder Abe Crawford (46) and Jacob Stephenson (28) provided some resistance before the 'Bar were dismissed for 145.

The match between the Casino and Marist Brothers ended in a draw after an afternoon storm at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

Brothers made 8-166 and the Cavaliers looked on track in the run chase at 2-88 after 17 overs.

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