Toby's timely ton takes Ballina Bears to victory
BALLINA opening batsman Toby Hordern produced a career-best innings of 109 to lead Bears to a win over the Casino Cavaliers in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Hordern has been a busy man for the past three seasons and has missed plenty of cricket while running a mini bus business.
He handed over the captaincy to Justin Moore in 2014 before playing some games with the Cavaliers last season.
Hordern returned to the crease on Saturday with Bears 2-18 chasing 185 at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
He wasted no time in getting the runs as wickets fell around him before Bears declared at 8-211 to chase maximum points with 17 overs remaining.
Another half century from Casino opener Trent Bennett allowed the Cavaliers to finish on 1-83.
In other games, a determined effort in the middle-order helped Lennox Head to a win over Tintenbar-East Ballina at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, in a match reduced to a one-dayer because of a washout the previous week.
It looked ominous for the Pirates at 4-60 before all-rounder Travis Clarke (46) and teenager Tranan Burvill (40) steadied the ship to help them to 9-221.
A partnership between Brett Crawford and Luke Hamilton looked like it would get the 'Bar home before a lapse in judgment saw Hamilton caught behind on 43.
Crawford was dropped twice in one over, frustrating medium-pacer Adam Gordon, before going on to form another partnership with Mick Warburton.
Crawford was eventually bowled for 62 while Warburton was dismissed for 41 going for quick runs.
With a late flurry of wickets to a rejuvenated Andrew Lindsay, Tintenbar was bowled out for 198.
It was a big win for Lennox, which was missing fast bowlers Adam Armistead, Andrew Hermann and Joesph Hermann.
Elsewhere, Marist Brothers (61 and 137) claimed outright points against Alstonville (6-65 declared and 94) at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
Alstonville had taken first innings points on the first day of the two-day game.
All-rounder Jason Caught top- scored in the second innings for Alstonville with 24 after taking seven wickets in the first innings.
Opening bowler Brendan Mitchell was the pick of the Brothers bowlers, taking 4-12 from 12 overs, and has now taken 30 wickets this season.
And Cudgen opener Caleb Ziebell scored 139 as his side beat Pottsville at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Pottsville batted out its second innings to finish on 5-149.