TINTENBAR heading to Lismore
TINTENBAR heading to Lismore Marc Stapelberg

The Bar heading to Casino for big run chase

TINTENBAR-East Ballina batsman Kent Shay might be getting a bit long in the tooth but he has a chance of posting a big score in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League against Casino at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, today.

Shay will resume on 31 after the 'Bar bowled Casino out for 224 on the opening day of their two-day match. They sit on a healthy 1-59 with plenty of batting to come.

"I'm not thinking about big scores. It will take a real team effort," Shay said.

"I've been playing for a long time and it's a great club to be part of.

"We got off to a pretty good start and we need to knuckle down now.

"It's always a tough road trip over there and anything over 220 is hard to chase."

Shay was a late inclusion in the team and has only played one game in the lower grades this season.

He moved into opening bat with Phil Dalli and Kane Hamilton both unavailable for the third-round fixture.

"I'll do whatever is best for the team and we have some good young blokes coming through," Shay said.

"We have nine wickets in the shed and we're definitely in with a really good chance.

"Its important to win a few games early in the competition because you never know what impact the weather will have (later in the season)."

The 'Bar have been well served by leading wicket-taker Abe Crawford and have all-rounders Brett Crawford and Mark Hoare at their disposal.

In other games, Ballina Bears will resume in a commanding position against Murwillumbah at Fripp Oval, Ballina. They are 3-260 after bowling Murwillumbah out for a paltry 104.

Alstonville will look to go on with the job after they declared at 5-260 against Terranora Lakes at Bilambil.

Marist Brothers and Pottsville have plenty of work ahead of them after Cudgen posted 9-238 against the brethren at Reg Dalton Oval and Byron Bay finished on 257 at Seabreeze Oval.

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