Rose leads Great Escape for Bros
MARIST Brothers' Stuart Rose has led cricket's version of the Great Escape, making 84 not out batting at nine in the order.
The great knock helped the Lismore team post a healthy first innings of 9-280 against Terranora Lakes in the first round of the Far North Coast Cricket LJ Hooker League.
After Brothers had put on 41 for the first wicket, the visitors were left teetering at 7-128 against an honest Terranora attack at the Bilambil Turf when Rose joined teenager Nick De Giusti at the crease.
The big right-hander then made his breakthrough Hooker League innings, putting on a 76-run stand for the eighth wicket with De Giusti (35) and then a 46-run partnership with Jared Seiffert (22).
But it didn't end there.
Rose then continued with number 11 batsman Adam Thompson (10 not out) to post 30 for the last wicket before the Brothers innings was compulsorily closed after 80 overs.
In reply, Terranora are 0-14.
“It was an interesting afternoon,” chuckled Brothers captain Craig Ferguson.
“It took us until our seventh wicket to work out how to bat with a little bit of patience. I thought Nick De Giusti and Stuart Rose did that beautifully and actually our last four batsmen did that.
“It was a breakthrough innings for him (Rose) really and he gutsed it out. At times he was doing it tough but he stuck at it and when the ball was there to be hit he was well and truly capable of putting it away.
“It's a shame we didn't have a few more wickets because he probably could have had a dash for his 100 in the last couple of overs but I was pleased we batted out the day.”
While the total looks competitive, Ferguson said considering the fast outfield and good wicket he thought it was just a pass score.
Meanwhile, a lionhearted effort by paceman Matt Parrish has helped Southern Districts reduce defending premiers Ballina Bears to 212 at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Parrish claimed 3-53 off 20 overs with captain Richard Nind rating the young bowler as his side's best.
“Matty bowled really well. He had three spells and bowled with a little bit of consistency,” Nind said.
“He had a good start to the year at Tamworth last weekend (Emus carnival) and his line and length had improved out of sight on Saturday.”
Medium-pacer Nathan Rose claimed 4-33, including the prized wicket of Sam Adams (54), while leg-spinner Jake Nind chimed in with 3-71.
Adams was the top-scorer for the Bears, while Ben Carruthers also made a well-timed 38 batting at seven.