Stuart Rose
Stuart Rose

Rose saves Marist Brothers

STUART ROSE has led cricket’s version of The Great Escape, making 84 not out batting No9 to help Lismore club Marist Brothers post a healthy first innings of 9-280 (cc) against Terranora Lakes in the first round of Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.

After putting on 41 for the first wicket at the Bilambil Turf, the visitors were left teetering at 7-128 against an honest Terranora attack when Rose joined teenager NickDe Giusti at the crease.

The big right-hander then made his breakthrough Hooker League innings, putting on a 76-run stand for the eighth wicket with De Giusti (35) then a 46-run partnership with Jared Seiffert (22).

But it didn’t end there.

Rose continued with No11 batsman Adam Thompson (10 not out) to post 30 for the last wicket before a compulsory closure after 80 overs.

In reply, Terranora are 0-14.

“It was an interesting afternoon,” Brothers captain Craig Ferguson chuckled.

“It took us until our seventh wicket to work out how to bat with a little bit of patience.

“I thought Stuart Rose and Nick De Giusti did that beautifully and actually our last four batsmen did that.

“It was a breakthrough innings for him (Rose) really, and he gutsed it out.

“At times he was doing it tough but he stuck at it and when the ball was there to be hit he was well and truly capable of putting it away.

“It’s a shame we didn’t have a few more wickets because he probably could have had a dash for his 100 in the last couple of overs but I was pleased we batted out the innings.”

While the total looks competitive, Ferguson said considering the fast outfield and good wicket he thought it was just a pass score.

Elsewhere, a strange decision by new Lennox Head captain Mark Denmeade to send in the Casino Cavaliers backfired, with the Cavs piling on 8-258 declared and then reducing the Pirates to 2-39.

After being sent in on their home turf of Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino openers Rod Wells (49) and Adam Shields (51) plundered the Lennox bowling attack.

Trent Bennett (40), Sam Irvine (32), Myles McDowell (34) and Wade Sweeney (23) all made timely contributions as the Cavs batted for only 56 overs.

Casino captain and opening bowler Al Nowlan then snared 2-11 to set up the possibility of outright victory.

“I wanted to bat if we won the toss so it was a bit of a surprise that they sent us in,” Nowlan said.

“It was a good all-round wicket and nearly all the boys got going.

“I would have liked a few more wickets but if we can get them out before they go past 150 we might have a chance.”

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