Quick runs set up outright chances
ALSTONVILLE and defending premiers Cudgen flexed their muscles on a day when plenty of runs were scored on flat tracks in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Both teams appear set for outright points.
Alstonville (6-263) dominated the day against Murwillumbah (84) at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah.
Jason Caught (4-22) led the attack as the home team was bundled out in 33 overs, then Alstonville wasted no time in their reply.
Greg Potter (70), Liam Smith (69) and Mitchell Wilson (56) pulverised the outgunned Murwillumbah bowlers just a week after Tintenbar-East Ballina's Brett Crawford had put them to the sword with a whirlwind 110 not out.
At Lennox Head, Cudgen (6-319 declared) rattled along at more than five runs an over after being sent in.
Tait Burns (120) led the way for Cudgen.
By stumps, Lennox Head was struggling at 5-46 with two run outs not helping.
Tintenbar-East Ballina (3-102) are also in a strong position against Pottsville (130) at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
Brett Crawford (2-30), Aaron Klassen (2-34) and leg-spinner Jake Nind (4-37) took most of the wickets for the 'Bar, then Luke Halvorsen (62) set them on the road to first innings points.
The Casino Cavaliers will face a testing run chase on Saturday against Terranora (232) at Bilambil Oval.
Rob Mison (4-34) and Al Nowlan (4-46) shared the burden for the Cavs after new-ball pair Wade Sweeney and Brendan Maguire failed to break through.
And Marist Brothers (9-202 cc) finished with a reasonable total on a fluctuating day against Ballina Bears at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
Brothers lost only one wicket early but slumped to 6-80 mid-way through the afternoon.
Their captain Luke Collings (49) led the fightback followed by useful hands from Jake Muscat (27) and Luke Hamshaw (26).
Ben Collins (3-31) and Sam Adams (3-40) were the best of the Bears bowlers.
Bears will fancy their chances with their strong batting line-up but Brothers have at least given themselves a total to defend.