Robb rips through rivals

ALSTONVILLE offspinner Steve Robb took eight wickets against Marist Brothers in Far North Coast Cricket LJ Hooker League two-day action but he would give that up for his side to be in a better position.

Robb finished with 8-35 from 24 overs in the match at Hill Park, Alstonville, as the first-placed visitors were bowled out for 137.

But the hosts could not make the most of Robb's impressive work, struggling at 4-24 in reply.

"I'd give back those wickets to contribute more runs with the bat," said Robb, who was bowled by Brothers opening paceman Jeremy Cowin for two.

"It's disappointing we couldn't capitalise on the good work we did earlier but we've still got some good batsmen to come."

Robb had never previously taken eight wickets in an innings.

"I had taken seven-wicket hauls from when I played in Sydney and my best for Alstonville was a six-for," he said.

"The pitch gave me good assistance with some turn and our fielders caught everything."

Last-placed Workers Goonellabah can be proud of bowling out second-placed Ballina Bears for 187 at Fripp Oval, Ballina.

In reply Workers Goonellabah were 2-9.

"It was a good effort to keep them under 200 and I thought Brendan Santin bowled amazing," Workers Goonellabah captain Jason Caught said.

"He bamboozled them and bowled eight maidens.

"That was the first time he opened the bowling for us and he proved he belongs at this level."

Santin took 2-20 from 17 overs.

The Casino Cavaliers look set to record a big win over Pottsville at Seabreeze.

Pottsville were bowled out for 170 and the visitors were 0-37 in reply with Rodney Wells smoking 26 runs in quick time.

Casino's Wade Sweeney took 2-12 from nine overs.

"He was our best bowler and kept making them play at good balls," Cavaliers batsman Myles McDowell said.

Byron Bay's match against Terranora at Bilambil looks evenly poised with the hosts reaching 8-197 and the Bay set to start their chase.

"We didn't do too badly to keep them to 2½ runs per over from their 81 overs," Bay captain Dave Thompson said.

Thompson's teammate Adam Meads took 3-29.

And Tintenbar-East Ballina captain Luke Shay is not panicking despite his team needing 278 to win against Cudgen at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina.

"They put on 101 for the first wicket and swung the bat with wickets in hand," he said.

"We're still reasonably confident the runs will come for us because it's a good ground to bat on."

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