Title hopes evaporate
THE two local teams taking part in the LJ Hooker Ballina Under-13 cricket carnival have missed out on a chance of winning the title.
Lismore finished second in its pool and will now play off for positions five to eight.
Meanwhile, Ballina needed to win its game against Brisbane North yesterday to finish in the top two in its pool, but the game finished in a dramatic tie.
Both teams scored a mammoth 210 runs off their 50 overs which had the unfortunate consequence of sending Ballina to the bottom of its pool.
It will now play off for positions from nine through to 12.
Lismore, on the other hand, had a good win against Metro South West, scoring 8-182 off 46 overs then bowling the Brisbane side out for 137.
Newcastle play Hunter Valley and Hawkesbury take on Central Coast in the semi-finals today, with the winners advancing to the final tomorrow.
On Tuesday, Ballina were unlucky not to topple favourites Hawkesbury in a close contest.
Ballina won the toss and batted first, making a respectable 8-145 from 50 overs.
Callum Bryant top-scored with a well-compiled 50 runs and received good support from Joseph Hermann (26) and Liam Power (25).
Joel Tinkler (2-8) and Thomas Zahn (2-12) were the pick of the Hawkesbury bowlers.
In reply, Hawkesbury surpassed the total with eight overs to spare, reaching 6-146, with Jonathan Sammut top-scoring with 41 not out.
Bowling honours were shared around evenly with five Ballina players each taking a wicket.
They were James Newstead (1-28), Jay Tyndall (1-9), Blake Tyler (1-15), Ben Frost (1-21) and Callum Bryant (1-11).
Meanwhile, Lismore couldn't mount any sort of serious run chase in its match against Central Coast on Tuesday.
Central Coast batted first and made 9-155 off 47 overs, with Kyle James and Keiren Elly each scoring 32 runs.
Lismore's Ashley Simes chipped in with 2-10 and Sebastian Campbell 2-14.
But in reply, Lismore managed only 61.
Tom Eyears (12) and Lochie Cheffins (10) were the only two batsmen to reach double figures.