Rain a wildcard in race for semis

THE penultimate round of Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket will be completed today with four of the matches reduced to one-dayers following a partial washout last Saturday.

With the make-up of the finals on a knife edge, results are crucial as teams clamour to make the top four.

Out of trouble in top spot and in control of their match against Cudgen, Ballina Bears face a simple-in-principle task to wrap up the minor premiership.

Resuming at 4-75, the defending premiers need only 29 runs to pass Cudgen’s total to claim first innings points and the minor premiership.

The third-placed Casino Cavaliers will play a one-day match against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina, today, with the home side needing the seven points to keep alive their slim semi-final hopes.

Captain Phil Dalli is confident his men can get the job done, but Mother Nature now stands in their way.

“If we can overcome our inconsistency we can get the points for sure,” Dalli said. “But the pitch has copped a bit this week so it’s not looking good.”

Marist Brothers hold fourth spot and will be keen to grab the points when they host Murwillumbah.

Brothers’ form has been indifferent of late with wins over front-runners Bears and Cudgen in one-day matches but a two-day capitulation to Lismore rivals Southern Districts two starts ago.

Souths face their moment of truth this afternoon – a win could send a fright through the Brothers camp.

Souths travel to Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, to take on Alstonville, who are now playing for little more than pride.

Terranora Lakes will resume at 0-35 against Lennox Head at Bilambil Oval. Lennox made 177 and Terranora will need to pass that total to remain in the race for the play-offs.

In other games, Brunswick-Byron have a full day to overrun Lismore Workers’ total of 144 from last Saturday, while South Tweed Colts and Pottsville will clash in a one-day match.

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