Ballina Bears take out LJ Hooker League cricket premiership

THE last time Ballina Bears celebrated a Far North Coast LJ Hooker premiership, all-rounder Sam Adams was in a hospital undergoing heart surgery.

It was 2009 and Adams went under the knife in a Brisbane hospital to fix a heart problem he'd had from a young age.

In 2012 he was there when Bears were crowned joint premiers with Casino after the final was washed out but it wasn't quite the same.

Adams however now has cause to celebrate after producing an unbeaten 101 to lead Bears to a five-wicket win against Lennox Head in yesterday's grand final.

Bears finished at 5-230 after dismissing the home side for 226 before stumps on Saturday's day one at Megan Crescent.

"We shared one with Casino a few years ago but to me that one doesn't really count," Adams said.

"Last time we won I was in hospital for heart surgery halfway through the game.

"I wasn't there for the win so it's awesome to be here for this now."

The final wasn't without some controversy with Adams given not out when it appeared he nicked a ball through to the 'keeper when he was in single digits.

He was later adjudged not out lbw and went on to blast boundary after boundary.

Lennox Head players were not impressed with the decisions and a few could be facing disciplinary action in the aftermath.

However, there was no way Adams was going to let any controversy put a damper on celebrations.

"I've copped plenty of terrible decisions (over the years) and so has everyone," he said.

"You take the good with the bad and that's the game.

"We did it pretty comfortably in the end if you look at the scorecard."

Ballina won the toss and sent Lennox Head into bat on Saturday.

Top order-batsman Tobyn Burvill scored a half century with Bears taking the key wicket of Daniel Emms just before lunch.

All-rounder Andrew Lindsay was the highest scorer with a determined 88.

Lennox Head coach Paul Everingham and captain Todd Fisher were disappointed with the finish but thrilled with the season the side had.

Everingham believes the bulk of the squad will return next season.

More details on the LJ Hooker League final and a season wrap: see tomorrow's Northern Star


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