Pottsville well-poised for win
A FINE performance with bat and ball by all-rounder Bryan Wirth has Pottsville poised to score a shock win over competition leaders Tintenbar-East Ballina in their LJ Hooker League cricket match at Seabreeze Oval.
Wirth knocked up a brisk 30 with the willow and then chipped in to claim 3-17 late in the day when the visitors were asked to bat.
Solid performances in the middle order from Wirth, Jayden Hoare (24) and Jamie Bennett (34) enabled Pottsville to amass 133, a target which did look within easy reach for the powerful Tintenbar batting line-up.
However when the umpires took off the bails at the end of the day, Tintenbar were struggling at 5-56 stumps after Wirth and Michael Granger (2-20) performed their magic with the ball.
Pottsville is languishing down near the tail of the LJ Hooker League ladder but their efforts on Saturday proved they are a much better outfit than their current position indicates.
Terranora Lakes is in all sorts of trouble in its clash with Ballina Bears at Bilambil.
Terranora dismissed the Bears for 162 on the back of good bowling performances from Michael Gardner (3-32), Josh Hoare (3-44), David Parkes (2-22) and Scott Finlayson (2-10) but at stumps on day one of Saturday's fixture, they were poorly placed at 4-21.
Bears opening bowler Sam Adams tore through the Terranora top order and finished the day with 4-4 off six overs.
The home side will need a good partnership from the not-out batsmen, Parkes and Finlayson, to get themselves back into the game with some sort of winning chance.
Cudgen Leagues is also doing it tough in their match against cellar-dwellers Lismore Workers in the clash at Reg Dalton Oval.
Workers cracked 151 on the back of a superb dig from opener Craig Attewell but in reply Cudgen is dismally placed at 4-23.
Classy Tait Burns looks the hope of the side and Cudgen will be hoping he can add plenty more runs to his eight not out.
Earlier in the day the Cudgen bowlers appeared to have put their side into the box seat.
Craig Wilson may have proved a bit costly in being hit for 53 runs off 14 overs but he still managed to claim five wickets.
He was ably supported by Michael Anderson (2-25 off 12 overs) and Terry Wilson who made the batsmen struggle for every run in snaring 3-14 off 13 very accurate overs.