Terranora opener Matt McDonald pulls a short pitched-ball on his way to 54 against the South Tweed Colts.
Terranora opener Matt McDonald pulls a short pitched-ball on his way to 54 against the South Tweed Colts. Scott Powick

Hawkins goes ballistic

DOUG Hawkins single handedly obliterated the Terranora line-up at Bilambil Sports Complex on Saturday to further cement his status as the LJ Hooker League's leading wicket-taker and help South Tweed to a slender lead after the first day's play.

With hawk-eye accuracy, the destructive paceman claimed 8-35 from 11.3 overs en route to dismissing Terranora for a miserable 98.

Hawkins' feat surpassed his previous best of 7-36 against Alstonville and extended his lead atop the champion bowler standings to four wickets.

“It was an outstanding effort from Doug, very enjoy- able to watch from behind the stumps,” South Tweed skipper Matt Bedford said.

“He kept putting it in the right spot. The ball that got Craig Bonnor out was the ball of the day. It hit the seam, moved in, beat the batter and knocked the stumps clean over.”

The only man who withstood the test of Hawkins was opener Matt McDonald.

Having won the toss, Terranora elected to bat on home soil, and when McDonald blasted a half- century in double-quick time it was shaping as an enjoyable afternoon for the Lakes boys.

Smashing seven fours and a six on the way to a crowd-pleasing 54, McDonald reached 50 with the team tally marginally ahead at 57.

However, Hawkins decided he had seen enough and once McDonald had been dealt with, he went ballistic, combining with wicket-keeper/skipper Matt Bedford for five of his eight scalps.

Andrew McKay (1-25 from six overs), Aaron Chapman (1-19 from four) and Scott Leach (0-14 from four) shared the remainder.

Terranora skipper Leigh Baker did his best to inspire a late revival and found the boundary four times on his way to a determined 25. But with five ducks in the innings, Terranora lasted just 25.3 overs and accumulated a meagre 95.

For the first time this season, not a single Colts player recorded a duck, but with only three crafting double figures their scorecard also left a lot to be desired. Paul Dhillon kept a cool head and the scoreboard ticking over with four fours before being trapped in front of his stumps for 28 with the scoreboard at 4-72.

Soon 5-83 after 30 overs, South Tweed slowed dramatically when John Fallows popped one up on 13, creeping ever so slowly to 7-96 from 40 overs and finally 9-114 by stumps, with Chapman (6) and Leach (2) the unbeaten batsmen.

McDonald's impressive efforts continued with the ball, bagging 2-5 from five overs when called upon late in the innings, with Ben Thoms (2-15 from five) and Josh Bonnor (2-36 from 14 ) also bagging braces.

The game is there for the taking for either side next Saturday, with an outright and 14 points a very real possibility and a necessity for South Tweed if they are to remain in the hunt for an unlikely top-four berth.

Elsewhere, Casino showed why they're on top, batting all day away to third-placed Lennox Head before being dismissed for 224.

Ballina, too, saw out the day but for a more mediocre 8-161 against Alstonville, while Southern Districts are 4-98 in pursuit of Marist Brothers' 9-120(dec), and Byron Bay are 3-31 chasing Lismore Workers' 124.



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