Blainey Woodham

Murwillumbah in freefall

TERRANORA cleaned up Murwillumbah’s tail for just 12 runs to secure a 54-run victory on Pink Stumps Day.

Murwillumbah had entered the second day of the LJ Hooker League Clash at 3/92, with Josh Sigley and Gabriel Araujo not out.

But with the dismissal of Sigley for 58 on Saturday, Murwillumbah went into freefall and was all out for 140 in 57 overs.

When Araujo was out for 26, Murwillumbah was 7/137 and Terranora’s win was all but secured.

Josh Bonnor tore through the home side’s last few batsmen, taking three late wickets; with two of his victims out without adding a run.

Terranora captain Leigh Baker made the key breakthrough on Saturday, taking the wicket of Sigley caught and bowled.

“He batted really well for his 58,” Baker said. “I bowled a shocking full toss at him, and he hit it straight back at me and I somehow caught it,” Baker said.

Baker paid tribute to the Murwillumbah batsmen for a good innings, but he said it seemed the worse Terranora bowled, the quicker the Murwillumbah wickets fell.

“The unfortunate thing was, they batted so well until we started bowling rubbish.”

Neither side is in finals contention, but Baker was glad his side notched up its first win in about two months.

“It was great to finally get another win.”

The players from Murwillumbah, Terranora and Cudgen got together after the game at the Murwillumbah Services Club for a Pink Stumps Day dinner function.

Money raised will go to the McGrath Foundation and the breast care nurses it supports throughout Australia.

Baker said it had been a good day, and he enjoyed socialising with the other players at the services club event.

He said a couple of thousand dollars had been raised through the effort of the three clubs.

Meanwhile, Pottsville suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval.

Pottsville scored just 53 runs batting first and Ballina declared at 3/177 in response.

Pottsville’s second innings of 124 was more respectable and it forced Ballina to bat again.

It took the home side one over to score the required six runs for an outright win.

In other LJ Hooker League results, Cudgen beat Byron Bay at Reg Dalton Oval; Casino Golf Club Cavaliers scored outright victory over Lismore Workers at Queen Elizabeth Park; Lennox Head beat Alstonville at Meegan Crescent and Tintenbar-East Ballina defeated Marist Brothers at Kingsford Smith South.

There are two LJ Hooker League rounds remaining.

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