Raising the 'Bar
TINTENBAR-East Ballina will have all the momentum heading into the local derby against Ballina Bears in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket this weekend.
The 'Bar is coming off one of its biggest wins of the season against the in-form Marist Brothers in a two-day match at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
Young quick Steve Leahy took career-best figures of 6-64 and has now taken 13 wickets this season.
The Abe Crawford and Nathan Hoey combination was the difference in the run chase as the home side cantered to victory with seven wickets to spare.
Crawford has scored the most runs for his side this season and made another 84 on Sunday while Hoey was unbeaten on 50 and has now made five half centuries this summer.
They were supported in the top order by Callum Carmont, who scored 32.
It was an important toss to win for Hoey, with rain delaying the start of play on Saturday.
Brothers openers Brad Cleaver and Ashley Simes have set the tone this season but both were dismissed cheaply and their side was reeling at 2-10.
No3 batsman Luke Collings steadied the ship with his 46 while Stuart Rose (61) and Doug Rose (41) helped them reach 200 before they were bowled out.
Meanwhile, Bears will have to regroup after losing to Lennox Head at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head, on Sunday.
The game was reduced to a one-dayer after rain on Saturday.
Bears were sent in to bat with English import Sam Burdock top-scoring with 52 while Ben Carruthers (34) and Luke Cleaver (30) also contributed as the side reached 6-175 after 40 overs.
Lennox Head were up for the chase with a partnership in the top order between Adam Fisher (58) and the returning Daniel Emms (52) steering them home.
James Everingham added a valuable 30 in the middle-order in a big win for the Pirates, who did it without their captain and the competition's leading run-scorer Andrew Lindsay.
Lindsay and Bears captain Justin Moore were in Sydney with the NSW Country team.
Elsewhere, Alstonville cruised to an easy win over the Casino Cavaliers in a one-dayer at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
Alstonville quick Terry Murphy took 4-33 as the Cavaliers were skittled for only 88.
Top-order batsman Kristiaan Ezzy scored 41 not out in the seven-wicket win.
And the Tweed derby between Cudgen and Pottsville has been rescheduled for Sunday.