Sluggish start ends in defeat

SOUTH Tweed simply took too long going about their task against Tintenbar-East Ballina in their limited-overs encounter at Kingston Smith South on Saturday.

Having seemingly cruised through most of a mediocre innings, the Colts boys then failed to fire with the ball in hand and crashed to their fourth loss of the season.

Promoted to the top order, all-rounder Tom Dubelaar (2) was the first to fall, with opening partner Joel Walle (12) not far behind, and when Paul Dhillon (3) joined them in the pavilion, South Tweed were struggling at 3-36.

However, the ever-impressive Tate Burns (36), skipper Jack Boote (31) and ’keeper Matt Shean (19) then combined to boost the score to 7-124.

An unbeaten 55 from James Lewis and a cameo 12-run dig by Jeremy Pierce lifted the tally to 7-178 after 40 overs to give their bowlers a target to defend.

But as they had been with the bat, Colts were too leisurely with the leather, and Tintenbar wasted little time getting on the offensive.

Phil Dalli (27) and Mick Warburton (13) set a strong opening partnership for the hosts, before Warburton finally edged one through to Shean off the bowling of Doug Hawkins (1-27 off five).

When Boote (2-34 off eight) found his way to Dalli’s stumps, South Tweed’s hopes lifted but Luke Shay (58) and Mick Gabriel (47) soon put an end to any optimism with a key105-run partnership.

Both men eventually fell in consecutive overs to Boote and Tom Dubelaar (1-35 off eight) but it was too little, too late for the visitors.

Kane (13 no) and Luke (5 no) Hamilton comfortably closed the game at the crease with six overs to spare.

In other matches, reigning premiers Ballina (7-201) edged out Brunswick-Byron (9-195) and Casino (6-228) thrashed Lismore Workers (93).

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