Tintenbar-East Ballina batsman Mick Warburton has enjoyed a fine LJ Hooker League career.
Tintenbar-East Ballina batsman Mick Warburton has enjoyed a fine LJ Hooker League career. Cathy Adams.

Warburton taking a back seat

TINTENBAR-East Ballina cricketer Mick Warburton has spent half his life as a Far North Coast LJ Hooker League player.

The top order batsman made his top-level debut in the inaugural summer of the competition in 1994/95.

But he indicated this might be his last full season.

Warburton, 36, will play in the two-day match against Alstonville in the last round of the Hooker League that starts today at Hill Park, Wollongbar.

"It's been non-stop cricket since I made my Hooker League debut and I've won two competitions in that time," he said.

"I haven't had many injuries - just the odd broken finger.

"I've made good friends on and off the field but I've got a second kid on the way so I might have to take a back seat next summer and not play as much."

Warburton has annoyed many bowlers over the years with his ability to bat for long periods of time.

"I try my hardest out there and don't like getting out," he said.

"I'm not a big hitter, I just try and graft out an innings."

The 'Bar will need to beat Alstonville, most likely outright, to be guaranteed a top-four spot.

"We haven't had an outright win for a while so we'll try and win the first innings first, then see what happens," he said.

You would think Workers Goonellabah would be desperate for a win in their match against Terranora Lakes at Bilambil.

But despite not posting a victory all summer in their debut Hooker League campaign, coach Tony Cowin said that is not the case.

"The boys actually don't want the season to end," he said.

"We've made good progress and the pleasing part is everyone's done their bit over the course of the summer.

"We lost to Pottsville by one run last Saturday and that was without Brad Robertson, Craig Attewell, Adam Armistead and James Forbes - they're the nucleus of our side."

Marist Brothers will host the Ballina Bears at Oakes Oval, Lismore in a top-of-the-table clash.

The battle between the Brothers' pace battery of Steve Prosser, Paul Milgate, Blake Taylor and Jeremy Cowin and the Bears' in-form top order of George Fleming, Nathanael Scott and Toby Hordern will be one worth watching.

"Brothers have a good attack," Bears captain Sam Adams said.

"For us, George has been our rock lately.

"He's been not out in recent games against Alstonville and Terranora and has good patience."

The Casino Cavaliers will be after second place in their match against Byron Bay at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino with the Bay's finals hopes extinguished.

The other game will see Pottsville take on Cudgen at Seabreeze.



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