SOUTH Tweed made light work of Murwillumbah in round five of the LJ Hooker League on Saturday, requiring just 13 overs to embarrass their local rivals at Dave Burns Field.
Having won the toss, Murwillumbah elected to bat and put the pressure on, but as has been the case all year for the cellar dwellers, it wasn’t long before they were back in the pavilion.
Captain Jack Boote led the Colts’ devastating attack, snaring 4-22 in his seven-over spell, while Ian Smith (2-12), Dan Lawnton (2-15) and Tom Dubelaar (2-16) polished off the rest.
In the end the visitors could withstand just 22.5 overs at the crease, notching up a miserable and easily surpassed 80.
Bat in hand, South Tweed wasted little time going about their business.
When Smith fell for just eight the hosts were already a quarter of the way there, as fellow opener Matt Shean (17) made his intentions clear early with several big shots.
Mister consistent Tait Burns then rattled off a quickfire 25, before David Lynch (11) and former Murwillumbah all-rounder Paul Dhillon (11 not out) finished the job.
The win, South Tweed’s second for the season, lifts the side into eighth spot on the ladder, an outright win adrift of the top four.
However while Colts have made ground on the top side, fellow Tweed outfit Terranora are beginning to drift away from an elusive finals berth.
Camped in and around the top four for much of the opening four rounds, a heavy loss to second-placed powerhouses Ballina at Fripp Oval on Saturday saw the Lakes boys tumble back to seventh.
Having won the toss skipper Leigh Baker elected to send his troops into bat, but didn’t get away to the start he had hoped for, with opener Joe Clark caught on six.
In at three, Craig Bonnor steadied the ship and led his side to 3/57 before being run out on 28, but with Corey McMahon (23), Lee Henzell (19 not out), David Parkes (13) and Leigh Baker the only other batsmen to reach double figures, the best Terranora could do was see out their overs and tally up a disappointing 9/132.
In response Ballina showed their visitors exactly why they are the reigning premiers, dropping just one wicket en route to eclipsing the target and maintaining their un- beaten start to the season.
In a day the Terranora bowlers would want struck from the records, Nathan Anson (62), Aaron Jeal (49 n.o.) and Michael Gordon (15 n.o.) required just 16.2 devastating overs to end the game.
Top-of-the-table Cudgen got one back for the Tweed however, with an equally dominant display in their clash with Tintenbar-East Ballina at Reg Dalton Oval.
The visitors called the toss and opted to bat, but with James Julius (3-37 off eight) firing up early, soon found themselves in dire straits at 2/14.
A mid-order reprieve soon had the fifth-placed outfit back in contention at 5/101, but when Chris Moase (3-25 off eight) found his line and length and Damien King (2-28 off seven) began hitting the mark, it was all Tintenbar could do to see out their 40 overs on 9/146.
Despite opener Callum Gall (3) falling cheaply, gun batsmen Craig Wilson (57) and Aaron Laycock (64 n.o.) more than made amends.
Heath Wilson (16 n.o.) partnered Laycock to finish the job inside 30 overs.
At the other end of the spectrum it wasn’t such a great day for reigning and current wooden-spooners Pottsville, who were hammered by Brunswick-Byron at Thompson Oval.
With the first six wickets falling for just 52 the tail end had little to play with, but big Nathan Wilson’s 30 and tail-ender Paul Peterson’s 22 pushed the strugglers through to treble figures (114).
However despite Peterson’s 4-28 – the only four wickets of Bruns- wick’s innings – the hosts were otherwise untroubled as they cruised to victory.
Elsewhere, Casino hammered Marist Brothers, Southern Districts defeated Lismore Workers, and Lennox head were too strong for Alstonville.