Cricket: Ballina Bears win Rous tournament, pocket $6000
BALLINA Bears have taken out the inaugural Rous Hotel 16.8 cricket tournament in Lismore.
Bears had a narrow four-run win over the Pottsville Pelicans in the final at Oakes Oval yesterday.
Both teams were studded with players from the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League.
Bears will start the season with an extra $6000 of prizemoney from the inaugural event, which feat-ured 16-overs-a-side games where every player batted for four overs (wickets lost accrued a five-run penalty) and bowled two overs, similar to indoor cricket.
The tournament was organised by the Marist Brothers Cricket Club, which is hoping to make it an annual fixture on the October long weekend.
"It was a bit like a Hooker League game in the final," tournament director Luke Collings said.
"It was a great weekend and we've had plenty of positive feedback.
"We had 10 teams and plan to be back bigger and better next year.
"We couldn't have done it without the support of the Rous Hotel and the Lismore City Council.
"Everyone seemed to enjoy the format and there were a lot of good players here."
Bears defeated Brothers Boys in the semi-finals while Pottsville accounted for Grafton team Clocktower Cricketers.
The Far North Coast LJ Hooker League season will start on Saturday with a round of one-day games.
Bears are set to take on Cudgen at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff, in a rematch of the 2014-15 final.