Cudgen middle-order batsman Lachlan Wylie at the crease against Lennox Head in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket on Saturday.
Cudgen middle-order batsman Lachlan Wylie at the crease against Lennox Head in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket on Saturday. Mitchell Craig

Pirates pick their target in FNC cricket

LENNOX Head teenager Oliver Cronin took four wickets against an understrength Cudgen in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.

Cudgen had five players away on representative duty with Northern Rivers while another three players were unavailable.

However, they did have top-order batsman Alec Williams back after he was left out of the Northern Rivers team and he captained the side for the first time.

It looked like Cudgen would struggle when they lost Williams for 28 before Alex Manteit top-scored with 74.

Manteit is new to the club this season and is yet to cement a spot in the top grade while second- grader Dylan Stoddart stepped up with a determined half century.

Cudgen were dismissed with a flurry of wickets 20 minutes after the tea break for 208 with leg-spinner and stand-in Lennox Head captain Travis Clarke taking three wickets.

The Pirates came out firing in the run chase with Toby Leeds moving up the order to open the batting in the absence of Angus Callan.

Leeds led the way again, scoring 72, following an unbeaten century in the last round.

He never looked like getting out until a lapse in judgement late in the day saw him stumped well short of the crease.

The Pirates will resume at 3-101.

Elsewhere, Ballina Bears captain Luke Hall top-scored for a second straight time against Tintenbar- East Ballina, at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.

Hall made 70 before Bears were bowled out 174 with the 'Bar 3-90 at stumps.

Alstonville all- rounder Steve Mison will return to the crease on 62 not out against Murwillumbah at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.

Mison has scored back-to-back half centuries in his first two games back after missing the start of the season with hamstring and rib injuries from rugby union.

The defending premiers are 4-153 and will have their sights set on an outright win after earlier bowling out Murwillumbah for just 79.

And a wet wicket prevented any play in the game between the Casino Cavaliers and Pottsville at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.



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