Warburton adds an edge to Tintenbar-East Ballina's game
TINTENBAR-East Ballina batsman Mick Warburton continued his recent run of good form with a determined innings against Alstonville in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League action at the weekend.
The opener scored 49 runs, with only two other batsmen in his side reaching double figures at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
The 'Bar could only manage 139 runs from 51 overs before being bowled out.
Middle-order batsman Nathan Hoey scored 44 while all-rounder Brett Crawford added 26.
Warburton has been one of the best for his side this season, scoring 392 runs.
He scored his first Hooker League century against Marist Brothers a fortnight ago.
It was just reward for the 37-year-old, who has been at the club for two decades.
He came close to a century when he was unbeaten on 98 but ran out of partners in a Coastal League game against Cudgen in December.
Warburton also scored a half century against Casino last month when he returned to the top grade.
The 'Bar are sixth on the ladder and will need to keep winning games to stay in touch with the top four.
Alstonville are already 3-70 in reply.
In other games, Ballina Bears are chasing an outright win after a dominant display against Murwillumbah at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah.
Murwillumbah were dismissed for a paltry 93, with Chris Jones taking 4-1 in a four-over spell.
Top-order batsman Justin Moore (88) and Sam Adams (62) led the way for Ballina in reply.
The Bears declared at 4-183 after just 21 overs.
Murwillumbah opening batsman Vincent Quigley is providing plenty of resistance, finishing 52 not out with his team 0-63 in the second innings at stumps.
Elsewhere, Lennox Head have a fight on their hands against Terranora Lakes at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head.
Terranora have set a reasonable total of 231.
Tobyn Burvill could be the key for Lennox Head. He is 48 not out with his side 1-72 in reply.
Marist Brothers are in a similar situation after Pottsville reached 234 at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
Brothers are 0-29 in reply.
Casino will need some luck against Cudgen when their match resumes at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Cudgen scored 169 with the Cavaliers 6-90 in reply.
CUDGEN v CASINO CAVALIERS
(at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff)
Cudgen 1st innings 169 (Tait Burns 63, Craig Wilson 34)
Casino 1st innings 6-90
BALLINA BEARS v MURWILLUMBAH
(at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah)
Murwillumbah 1st innings 93 (Chris Jones 4-1)
Ballina 1st innings 4-183 declared (Justin Moore 88, Sam Adams 62)
Murwillumbah 2nd innings 0-63 (Vincent Quigley 52 not out)
POTTSVILLE v MARIST BROTHERS
(at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville)
Pottsville 1st innings 234 (Jayden Hoare 58, Karl Jarrett 45; Brendan Mitchell 3-61, Jeremy Cowin 3-31)
LENNOX HEAD v TERRANORA LAKES
(at Megan Crescent Oval, Lennox Head)
Terranora Lakes 1st innings 231 (Paul Sutcliffe 46, Luke Baker 75, Michael Gardner 53)
Lennox Head 1st innings 1-72 (Tobyn Burvill 48 not out)
TINTENBAR-EAST BALLINA v ALSTONVILLE
(at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina)
Tintenbar-East Ballina 1st innings 139 (Mick Warburton 49, Nathan Hoey 44; Jason Caught 4-34, Terry Murphy 4-37)
Alstonville 1st innings 3-70 (Nathan Collins 32)