Sam's ton in vain
ALSTONVILLE upset Ballina Bears in a low-scoring match and Marist Brothers' top order set up a win over Pottsville in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket one-day games on Saturday.
Lennox Head chased down a good total after Sam Irvine had scored a century for the Casino Cavaliers while Cudgen lost only one wicket in defeating Tintenbar- East Ballina.
Alstonville recovered from 4-19 then 5-42 to put together a total of 123 at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, thanks to Steve Mison (25), Aiden Lindsay (21) and Steve Robb (31).
Ben Carruthers took four wickets for Bears.
It didn't look enough but Bears struggled after losing Nick Watson (37) and Luke Hall (26), along with key batsmen Justin Moore and Carruthers cheaply.
They were bowled out six runs short with Alstonville quicks Jason Caught (4-17), Terry Murphy (3-35) and Josh Pearce (3-21) doing the damage.
At Oakes Oval, Lismore, Lachlan Barnsley (83 not out) and Sam Martin (80) shared a second-wicket partnership of 96 to set up Marist Brothers' total of 4-261 from their 40 overs.
In reply, Ryan McCloy (46) top-scored in Pottsville's 167, however they struggled against Brothers opening bowler Brendan Mitchell (4-15) before youngster Jack Cooper (3-25) chipped in with the wicket of McCloy.
Irvine again led the way with the bat for the Cavaliers at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, scoring 115 not out to take the home team to a solid 7-212.
But it wasn't enough, with Angus Callan (88) and Andrew Lindsay (51) leading the run chase.
Only Wade Sweeney (3-34) looked threating with the ball for the Cavs.
In the other game, Tintenbar captain Nathan Hoey (45) was the best of the top order before Ben Frost (37) and the rest of the tail wagged to get to 207.
Cudgen made easy work of that, though, with Jamie Wilson (52), Caleb Ziebell (69 not out) and Tait Burns (69 not out) the only batsmen required to reach the target.