Toby pulls the pin on Ballina Bears
BALLINA Bears have lost one of their best batsmen with Toby Hordern set to spend more time behind the wheel driving a mini bus.
Hordern, 26, captained Bears in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket last season and also started his own business driving a mini bus on weekends.
He will finish up with Bears running third and only three games away from a possible semi-finals appearance.
"I started my own business about 12 months ago and it's really taken off," Hordern said.
"It was getting to the point where the weekend would roll around and I'd be more focused on work than cricket.
"I've bought a place and it's a busy time of year with the bus for me.
"I'd been thinking about it since the start of the year."
Hordern is a Bears junior and has played at the club for 11 years.
New top-order batsman Justin Moore arrived from Sydney earlier this month and has already scored 100 runs from two innings.
"I knew Justin was coming and that I wouldn't feel bad about leaving a spot to be filled," Hordern said.
"I enjoyed the responsibility captaining last year and I'll really miss the boys."
Hordern went out on a losing note at home to Alstonville last weekend.
He won't be tempted to make a return in March even if Bears make the semi-finals.
"I've told the boys not to call me," Hordern joked.
"I don't think putting cricket on the back-burner for a couple of years is the worst thing."
He will finish his cricket commitments for the time being captaining one of the sides in the Northern Premier League 20/20 competition when it concludesat the end of the month.
Ballina Bears will take on front-runners Lennox Head when the Hooker League resumes on Saturday week.
There is no cricket tomorrow because of the Australia Day long weekend.