Workers push for breakthrough win
WORKERS Goonellabah are yet to win a game in their first season of the Far North Coast Cricket LJ Hooker League but they could break their duck today surprisingly against last season's finalist Cudgen.
Cudgen is in trouble at 4-23 chasing 152 for victory in the two-day match at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
The Workers Goonellabah quicks have shown great discipline with the ball so far, with their opponents crawling along to their score from 20 overs.
"We're definitely in with a good chance," Workers Goonellabah captain Jason Caught said.
"We'll attack now and go for quick wickets."
The Casino Cavaliers may already have first innings points in their match against Alstonville at Hill Park, Wollongbar but the match has not been short on spite.
"The match was interrupted by some rain last Saturday but we had to put their own covers on their pitch and then take them off," Cavaliers allrounder Mick Wood said.
"We had already rolled them for 52 so it appeared as though none of their guys wanted the game to continue."
Casino will go into today's play at 4-60.
The Marist Brothers v Byron Bay game at Oakes Oval, Lismore is evenly poised after the hosts were bowled out for 101.
The Bay is 4-29 in reply.
Tobyn Burvill is 18 not out alongside fellow youngster and English import Harry O'Brien (five not out).
At one stage Byron Bay was in the precarious position of 4-5.
"Tobyn's got a good temperament and future in the game and Harry showed good patience," Bay captain David Thompson said.
"The pitch should be better to bat on than it was last Saturday."
The Pottsville v Tintenbar-East Ballina match at Seabreeze is also in the balance with the visitors 5-56 chasing 134 for victory.
"Our top-order played some bad shots but Nathan Hoey (19 not out) is a talented kid who is improving all the time," the Bar allrounder Brett Crawford said.
"Luke Hamilton is also back this week so that will strengthen our batting."
And despite his team scoring a relatively modest 162 all out against Terranora Lakes at Bilambil, Ballina Bears captain Sam Adams is confident his team can still pull off a big win.
The hosts are 4-21.
"You can't go into any game expecting things to go well for you but if we get a few quick wickets and have them say, 7-50, then we'll think about going for an outright," he said.
Meanwhile, in inter-district under-19 cricket tomorrow, Tweed will host the undefeated Lismore at Reg Dalton Oval and Ballina will travel to Queen Elizabeth Park to take on Casino.
Both games commence at 10am.
Lismore beat Casino comfortably by six wickets last Sunday while Ballina also did it easy against Tweed, winning by seven wickets.
Ballina Bears 41, Marist Brothers 41, Casino Cavaliers 27, Cudgen 24, Alstonville 24, Tintenbar-East Ballina 24, Terranora Lakes 18, Byron Bay 18, Pottsville 16, Workers Goonellabah 15.