Pottsville, Byron vie to keep unbeaten record intact
POTTSVILLE and Byron Bay will put unbeaten records on the line and attempt to flex their early-season muscles as round three of LJ Hooker League cricket gets under way today.
The two teams clash at the Seabreeze ground at Pottsville with each flying high in the early-season table.
Both sides have won their first two matches - one outright victory and one first-innings victory apiece - and sit second and third on the ladder.
Leaders Cudgen will attempt to build on last weekend's conclusive win over Murwillumbah and consolidate top spot with a victory over Marist Brothers.
Terry Wilson's side, which had a bye in round one, will go into the clash at Reg Dalton Oval full of confidence after last weekend's straight-forward win.
In contrast, Marist has endured a mixed start to the season, with a first-innings win and a loss in its opening two matches.
Luke Collings' side did record a morale-boosting first-innings triumph over fancied Casino Golf Club Cavaliers last week and will be hoping to continue that form.
The Cavaliers will be aiming to get back on track with a win over Tintenbar-East Ballina at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
Fourth-placed Ballina Bears will fancy its chances of picking up valuable points as it hosts Murwillumbah at Fripp Oval.
The visitors are without points at the bottom of the ladder having lost both games so far.
Terranora will be hoping to pave the way for a much-needed win when it takes on Alstonville at Bilambil.
The hosts are yet to win, having suffered an outright loss and a first-innings defeat in its two matches so far.
Lennox Head has the round bye.
Ladder going into round three: Cudgen (19pts), Pottsville (19), Byron Bay (19), Ballina Bears (14), Tintenbar-East Ballina (13), Alstonville (8), Casino Golf Club Cavaliers (8), Marist Brothers (8), Terranora (1), Lennox Head (1), Murwillumbah (0).