Whiz-kid Corey back
THE return of whiz-kid Corey McMahon from state duty has Terranora on the verge of one of the biggest upsets of the LJ Hooker League campaign.
With their season on the line at home to league leaders Casino, the Lakes boys finally found the illusive form captain Leigh Baker has longed for in recent weeks.
Having lost the toss, the home side were sent into bat and soon found themselves on the back foot with openers Adam Rodgers (3) and Andrew Ridgewell (1) each dismissed cheaply and number four bat Craig Bonnor (0) following suit immediately after.
Reeling at 3-5 and then 4-15, Terranora desperately needed someone to produce something special and all-rounders Luke Baker (25) and James Bonnor (30) did just that.
Batting at three and six respectively, the pair combined to lug Terranora out of trouble and on to the offensive before McMahon (26), together with brothers Liam (15 not out) and Luke Henzall ensured the tail wagged long into the hot afternoon.
Terranora were eventually dismissed for 131.
Baker then called upon his bowlers to lift their game and take it to their more-fancied opponents.
They didn’t disappoint.
Leading by example, it was Baker (2-7 from five overs) who broke through early, snaring two wickets in his opening two overs to have last year’s runners-up struggling.
At the other end McMahon (0-1 from five) was virtually unplayable, but was unable to add another victim to his daunting season tally.
However, young Dylan Masters (2-7 from six) did strike as did Craig Bonnor (2-16 from six) to have Casino in trouble at 6-54 at the end of the first day.
Elsewhere, Tinetenbar will resume at 0-7 in pursuit of Lismore Workers 207 at Oakes Oval, and Marist Brother will have their work cut out for them chasing down Lismore Workers’ 220 when play resumes Saturday at Neilson Park.