SAM Reading, 15, behind the stumps for Murwillumbah on Saturday.
SAM Reading, 15, behind the stumps for Murwillumbah on Saturday. Blainey Woodham

Murwillumbah avoids outright loss

MURWILLUMBAH’S first innings score of 131 runs proved too small a target for the team’s bowlers to protect in the Round 4 LJ Hooker League clash against Lismore Southern Districts.

The home side had set themselves up for an unlikely win when play resumed at Rabjones Oval on Saturday, by taking 5/57 at stumps the previous weekend.

But half-centuries to Mitchell Pickford (69) and Craig Bateman (61) steered Southern Districts to 7/211 and the first innings win.

Murwillumbah bowlers Aaron Chapman and Jason Mortimer did their best with two wickets each but didn’t bowl with the economy that was vital for Murwillumbah to snatch the win. Gabriel Araujo, Verinder V Singh Goesal and Zachary Stone also contributed a wicket each.

Murwillumbah managed to avoid an outright loss when their batsmen survived a 30-over onslaught by the Southern Districts bowlers, ending at 3/70.

Murwillumbah remains tied for the wooden spoon with local rivals Pottsville.



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