Tweed batsmen beaten
TWEED batsmen were skittled in a series of woeful performances on Saturday, as all five of the district's LJ Hooker League teams suffered defeat.
The 52 batters who took the crease for Tweed District teams made a combined 502 runs at an average of less than 10 runs from each.
Murwillumbah, the area's lowest-ranked club, was the only side to bat out its innings (8-137) and had the best-performed top order.
Terranora (141) also couldn't capitalise on a good start while Cudgen (101), Pottsville (68) and South Tweed Colts (55) never really gave themselves a chance.
Murwillumbah's Veerinder Singh-Gosel (36no) carried his good form from the Australia versus India Australia Day clash at Tyalgum into the LJ Hooker League, while Troy Singh (23), Josh Sigley (26), Sam Reading (35) all made valuable contributions at Kingsford Smith Oval.
But the side's middle order collapsed as Luke Shay (4-33) ran rampant.
It took Tintenbar-East Ballina just 29 overs to notch the winning runs, losing five wickets in the process.
Ryan McCloy (1-35) took his first LJ Hooker League wicket, while Paul Swift and Xavier Hawkey took two wickets each.
Terranora, too, made a good start with the bat chasing Byron Bay's 168 at Bilambil.
Matthew McDonald made 47 runs as Terranora stormed to 4-101, but the side's middle order couldn't finish the job and the home side fell for 141 runs.
Terranora president Mick Harrison said a disrupted preparation hadn't helped the cause with Josh Callegari and Dave Russell late withdrawals.
In spite of the loss, Harrison said a finals appearance wasn't out of Terranora's reach.
“We should be there, we have got the players,” he said.
“We are going to have to win our last four games to be any chance of making those semi-finals. There are six or seven teams still in contention for those last two places. The way things are going this season, anyone can win.”
Meanwhile, Cudgen's batting woes were punished for the first time this season, beaten by Southern Districts after they were bundled out for 101 in the 24th over at Reg Dalton Oval.
The visitors won with ease, reaching 104 with just three wickets down. Cudgen's Jimmy Adams (2-23) did his best but there weren't enough runs to defend.
Pottsville did its best to defend a small 69-run target for Lismore Workers at Neilson Park, with Tom Melville (33) leading the way with the bat.
Bryan Wirth destroyed the Workers' top order, taking 4-26 from seven overs but the home side reached the target with seven wickets down.
Wayward bowling didn't help Pottsville's cause with the team gifting Lismore Workers 20 extras.
Meanwhile, South Tweed Colts managed a paltry 55 runs in response to Ballina Bears' 150-run total.
Phil Dhillon (13) was the only batsman to reach double figures in the debacle that was Colts' innings.
Paddy Wilde was the destroyer, taking the wickets of five Colts batsmen.