Catches cost Colts against Tintenbar

SOUTH Tweed Colts still harbour LJ Hooker League finals ambitions despite being forced to settle for a share of the points after a drama-filled tie with Tintenbar-East Ballina on Saturday.

A win would have given Colts the points necessary to move into fourth position, but instead Tintenbar has taken that spot, with South Tweed now six points adrift.

Colts vice-president Tony McDonald said there was plenty of time to get the wins needed and backed his side to play well when the competition reverts back to the two-day form next weekend.

“When we get back to the two-day form that will suit us better,” McDonald said. “We are set for a really good finish to the season.”

Colts posted a competitive 8-170 from 40 overs at Reg Dalton Oval, but dropped catches costed the team dearly as the game came down to the wire.

Tintenbar's top scorer Luke Shay was dropped three times on his way to an unbeaten 69.

The visitors had a run chase on their hands, needing 50 runs off eight overs, then 22 off three to take victory.

It all came down to the final ball, when Tintenbar was after three runs for victory.

The Colts players managed what they believed to be a successful runout as the batsmen crossed for the second run, but the umpire didn't agree and the game was deemed a draw.

“We're a little bit disappointed because we thought we got that win but the square leg umpire didn't give it out,” McDonald said.

“We shouldn't have been in that position anyway; if we had of held our catches they would have been nowhere near us.

“It was a good game that we should have won but we dropped a couple of catches late in the field which cost us the win.”

Liam Swanson was the best Colts bowler, finishing with 4-34 from eight overs.

The Colts batsmen stepped up their game from last week, when they were bowled out for just 55 runs.

Teenage opener Blake Reynolds batted for a solid 30 overs to reach 35 before Colts had a mini collapse and were in danger at 5-102.

Paul Dhillon (35no), who is proving a very hard man to move from the crease this season, dug his feet in and formed a partnership with John Fallows (32) to stem the collapse and help build the side's competitive total.

Cudgen's comprehensive win over Terranora put the side back on top of the ladder, while Terranora wallows at 11th.

Murwillumbah went down fighting against Southern Districts at Lismore, with Veerinder Singh-Gosel (47) in good form, but the side could only manage 9-142 from 40 overs chasing the home side's 193.

Paul Swift's good form continued, he took 3-31, then made 25 runs with the bat.

Meanwhile, Trent Bennett (42) made more than half Pottsville's score of 83 against Lennox Head, a total the home side chased down in 20 overs.

In other LJ Hooker League matches, Marist Brothers beat Ballina Bears at Oakes Oval; Alstonville won against Lismore Workers at Hill Park, while Casino Golf Club Cavaliers beat Byron Bay at Queen Elizabeth Park.

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