Little luck for Tweed teams

ALSTONVILLE picked up outright points against Murwillumbah and two other teams went close to doing the same on a day dominated by bowlers in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket.

Resuming at 4-60 on Saturday in reply to Murwillumbah's paltry 106 at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, Alstonville cruised to first innings points, which was the signal for wicketkeeper-batsman Andrew Larrecey to tee off and build a quick lead.

He raced to 102 not out before Alstonville captain Scott Petty declared at 9-187.

The Murwillumbah batting struggled again in the second innings, all out for 77, unable to cope with the new ball attack of Petty (3-3) and Terry Murphy (3-18) before spinner Steve Robb (3-36) cleaned up the tail.

Lismore Workers and Casino Cavaliers also each went within two or three wickets of starting the season with maximum points.

Workers (8-277 declared) defeated Pottsville (137 and 8-113) at Nielson Park, East Lismore.

Resuming at 2-72, Workers had little trouble claiming first innings points, then piled on a 140-run lead before having another crack at the fragile Pottsville batting.

Brendan Santin (62), Michael Knight (60), Jake Turcato (45) and Cameron Black (39) led the way with the bat.

Jason Caught took 5-40, but Workers ran out of time.

The Cavaliers (8-258 declared) beat Lennox Head (102 and 7-103) at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

Marist Brothers, Tintenbar-East Ballina and Cudgen also picked up first innings wins to open the season, while Ballina Bears and Souths played a tight draw at Fripp Oval, Ballina.

Brothers (9-280 cc) had a big enough total to hold off Terranora Lakes (246) at the Bilambil Turf, with young left-arm speedster Jared Seiffert claiming 3-60 to be the pick of the bowlers.

Another youngster, Dain Moreton, also did well with his left-arm spinners, finishing with 2-47 from 19 overs.

After losing part of the day to rain on the first Saturday, the 'Bar needed runs in a hurry against Brunswick-Byron at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, to give themselves a chance of a result.

They quickly turned 4-125 into 8-218 declared. Brunswick-Byron were bowled out for 125, with Brett Crawford starting the season in great style for the 'Bar by claiming 6-46 from 19 overs.

Cudgen (181) defeated South Tweed Colts (147) at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.

On a day of fluctuating fortunes at Fripp Oval, Souths finished at 9-194 chasing Ballina Bears' 212.

The Bears' English fast bowler Ben Collins made an impressive debut, taking 5-50 from 24 overs.

Weekend results

  • Alstonville def Murwillumbah
  • Lismore Workers def Pottsville
  • Casino Cavaliers def Lennox Head
  • Marist Brothers def Terranora Lakes
  • Tintenbar-East Ballina def Brunswick-Byron
  • Cudgen def South Tweed Colts
  • Souths def Ballina Bears


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