Tait Burns drives through the covers. The talented all-rounder is a big boost for Pottsville this season.
Tait Burns drives through the covers. The talented all-rounder is a big boost for Pottsville this season. Adam Hourigan Photography

Tweed revival on the cards in cricket

MURWILLUMBAH and Pottsville had wins in a rain-affected round of Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.

It is a big turnaround for Murwillumbah, which re-entered the competition this season and was coming off consecutive thumpings against Ballina Bears and Pottsville.

However, with the addition of Vinnie Quigley in the top order they were able to set a competitive total of 216 against the Casino Cavaliers at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

Fast bowler Sidney Ewing took three wickets while Grant Parmenter took four in his five overs to bowl out the Cavaliers for 197.

Elsewhere, Pottsville look like they could be in for a big season after a convincing win over Bears at Sea- breeze Oval, Pottsville.

Top-order batsman Jayden Hoare led the way again, scoring 67 not out, as Pottsville went on to 233 after bowling out Bears for 170.

They bowled another 13 overs in the hope of pushing for an outright win with Bears finishing on 3-36 at stumps.

Pottsville have a well-rounded team this season and plenty of firepower in the top order with the addition of Tait Burns.

Burns has come across from Cudgen for a chance to bowl more overs and is a match-winner with the bat.

Pottsville have also welcomed back opening bowler Nathan Wilson, who missed last season with a knee injury.

But they are missing talented all-rounder Ryan McCloy, who injured his hand at work last month.

In other games, Lennox Head top-order batsman Tranan Burvill was 38 not out when the Pirates' game against Tintenbar-East Ballina was washed out at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.

It was always going to be tough work for the home side chasing 9-335 (cc) and they were 5-115 when play was washed out after 24.3 overs.

And no play at all was possible in the game between Alstonville and Marist Brothers at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, where Alstonville was to have resumed at 3-50 chasing Brothers' 110.



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