Win settles final four
TINTENBAR-East Ballina will go into the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket semi-finals with plenty of confidence after a win against Lennox Head at Megan Crescent Oval on Saturday.
The win might not have been against one of the competition's top-ranked teams but just getting on the pitch will be an advantage for "The Bar''.
It was the only game played at the weekend with all other one-day matches declared draws because of persistent rain and resultant ground closures.
The draw was good enough to hand Cudgen the minor premiership just ahead of Ballina Bears with Tintenbar-East Ballina claiming third and Byron Bay sneaking into fourth.
Alstonville were unlucky, missing out on a finals berth by a single point.
Casino Cavaliers were never going to make it with the bye in the final round and wet weather crippled Marist Brothers' chances in the second half of the season.
Pottsville and Terranora Lakes had inconsistent seasons with Murwillumbah losing most matches outright except for rain-affected draws.
Lennox Head returned to the competition after not fielding a side in the 2011-2012 summer.
They didn't have the depth to make any impact this season and finished second last.
At the weekend, Tintenbar-East Ballina openers Phil Dalli and Mark Newstead scored 35 runs each to lay the platform for a 192 total in the 40-over match.
Captain Luke Shay took 4-8 to help his side to an 82-run win when Lennox Head was bowled out for 110.
Tintenbar-East Ballina will take on Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval this weekend while Cudgen will host Byron Bay at Reg Dalton Oval.
- Cudgen 73,
- Ballina Bears 70,
- Tintenbar-East Ballina 66,
- Byron Bay 59,
- Alstonville 58,
- Casino Cavaliers 55,
- Marist Brothers 55,
- Pottsville 46,
- Terranora Lakes 41,
- Lennox Head 29,
- Murwillumbah 15.