Souths keep their hopes alive

A LATE leg-spin barrage from Jake Nind has kept Souths in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket semi-finals race, with the 16-year-old nabbing the final five wickets to end Marist Brothers’ winning streak.

After making a solid 220, Souths wrapped up the win with their opponents 50 runs short late on the second day.

Craig Ferguson made 53 in a substantial fifth-wicket stand with Dain Moreton (27) but his departure triggered a collapse, with the last five wickets falling for just 23 runs.

While young Nind grabbed the spoils(5-26), his captain, and father, Richard Nind, gave credit to Souths’ seam bowlers, who stifled and frustrated Brothers.

“The medium-pacers set it up for us,” Richard Nind said.

“They bowled really tight and kept the batsmen behind the eight-ball which allowed me to bring on the leggie to have a crack.”

The win was crucial for Souths, moving them within nine points of fourth-placed Brothers on a congested ladder.

With matches against Pottsville, Alstonville and leaders Cudgen to come, Nind knows exactly what his team faces.

“We have to win every game,” he said.

Other results need to go their way, and two wins in Souths’ next two games would set up a cracker against Cudgen in the final round.

In other games:

Alstonville wasted a golden opportunity to knock off the competition leaders and move within one point of the top four when it surrendered to Cudgen at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.

After rolling Cudgen for just 84 – their lowest total of the season – Alstonville resumed with a vice-like grip on the match at 3-62. But Alstonville threw it away in losing 7-16 – including two run outs – on a rain-affected pitch. Michael Anderson (4-22) and James Julius (3-17) made the most of the conditions to record the remarkable win.

Terranora Lakes remain an outside chance of making the finals by upsetting the Casino Cavaliers at Bilambil Oval. After setting a modest total of 131, Terranora took early wickets and never surrendered control. Dylan Masters (5-7) grabbed five wickets for the second match in succession. Casino captain Al Nowlan tallied 10 wickets for the match but it wasn’t enough to get the win.

No play was possible in the other games, with Ballina Bears having already taken first-innings points against Pottsville and South Tweed Colts prevailing over Brunswick-Byron.

The Lennox Head v Murwillumbah game at Lennox Head finished in a draw.

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