Pottsville’s Jamie Bennett is bowled out on a tough day for LJ Hooker League batsmen on Saturday.
Pottsville’s Jamie Bennett is bowled out on a tough day for LJ Hooker League batsmen on Saturday. Craig Sadler

Tweed's cricket teams take hit

THE successful start to the LJ Hooker League season by Tweed's cricket teams continues to unravel with a series of losses on Saturday.

Terranora slipped to eighth spot after a disappointing 30-run defeat to Tintenbar-East Ballina, while a four-wicket loss to the previously winless Lismore Workers leaves South Tweed Colts languishing in ninth place.

Pottsville were handed a five-wicket thrashing by Alstonville at Seabreeze after setting the visitors a measly 91-run target, while Murwillumbah remains planted at the bottom of the ladder after a 140-run flogging from Lennox Head.

Cudgen's victory over Ballina Bears was the only positive of the round for Tweed, the result lifting the club five points clear at the top of the ladder.

It's a far cry from the position the Tweed teams enjoyed only a few rounds ago, when Cudgen, South Tweed and Terranora were all in the top four.

South Tweed vice-president Tony McDonald said it was disappointing to lose at home on Dave Burns Field to a team he said the Colts should have beaten.

“We just dropped too many catches and obviously didn't bat very well,” he said.

“That broke our backs when we couldn't take those catches.”

McDonald said it was disappointing, considering the bowlers, led by Aaron Chapman and Doug Hawkins had impressed.

“Our bowling performed very well but we didn't back it up with the fielding,” he said.

“A couple of decisions didn't go our way but these things happen in cricket.

“It was very disappointing against a side we should have beaten.”

South Tweed Colts are expected to field a stronger team next week with Blake Reynolds to return from representative duties.

Pottsville club captain John Morris was another lamenting his team's batting performance.

“We didn't bat out our 40 overs and there was a bit of impatience there,” he said.

“It was a pretty hard wicket to bat on and we had them at 2-20 at one stage.”

Brian Wirth took the first two wickets and was on a hat-trick but was unable to convert.

“We will take in a bit more determination next week and our players are pretty keen to take on Casino,” Morris said.

“Everyone was a bit disappointed with our batting, but I think we held our own everywhere else.”

In other LJ Hooker League results, Byron Bay and Southern District's match was abandoned for a draw and Casino lost to Marist Brothers.

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