Lakes down Alstonville
Requiring an unlikely victory to stay in touch with the top four, the Lakes boys produced one of their best days cricket to date on Saturday, turning the tables on their bogey side and coming away withseven points.
Terranora won the toss and elected to bat, but Baker was soon questioning his choice.
Opener Joe Clark (7) was the first to go with the score just 17, before Adam Rogers (25) and Chad Harvey (35) united for the side’s strongest front, carrying Terranora to 2-52.
However from there the wickets fell like dominoes beginning with a duck for Craig Bonnor.
When Harvey eventually fell with the scores at 5-75 the resistance was over.
Luke Baker’s eight was the best of the rest as Terranora crumbled to 92.
Then it was Terranora’s turn to unleash, and those embarrassed with the bat opened fire on a nervous Alstonville line-up.
Five ducks, two singles and two sixes dominated a miserable scorecard for the hosts, with Nathan Collins’ 33, saving the southerners from an otherwise humiliating total on home soil.
Regardless, Alstonville were all-out for 61.
The win lifts Terranora level with their hosts in fifth place, one point adrift of the four.
At the other end of the spectrum Murwillumbah remain entrenched at the foot of the ladder after suffering their second hammering of the season, this time at the hands of Ballina on Reg Dalton Oval.
Dismissed for 134 in the first innings, the hosts watched on helplessly as the reigning premiers rattle up a massive 3/290 off 38.2 overs before declaring early on the second day.
Already facing an uphill task, Murwillumbah’s fate was almost sealed from the get go, when captain Matt Parker was caught for a duck with a run not yet posted.
Aaron Chapman (21) and Gareth Combs (23) dug deep, but with the exception of Troy Singh (11) andVerinder Singh Goesal (13no) the remainder of the embattled Murwil- lumbah order were seemingly out of their depth.
In the end Murwillumbah could manage just 22.2 overs of torment and 81 runs against a devastating Ballina attack, emerging as one of the league’s best.
The win was Ballina’s first outright for the season and elevates them into second spot on the ladder behind Cudgen, who also secured their first outright of the year at home to Lismore Workers.
Casino secured third spot with an impressive win over Brunswick Byron at Thompson Oval, while Tintenbar-East Ballina’s one-day outright over Pottsville last week has them in fourth.
Meanwhile Marist Brothers moved to within five points of thetop four with a solid win overLennox Head at Meegan Crescent, while South Tweed registered their first win of the season with a dominant display away to SouthernDistricts.