HAT-TRICK: Alstonville’s Steve Robb.
HAT-TRICK: Alstonville’s Steve Robb.

First tie and hat-trick of season

THE first tie of the season and the first hat-trick highlighted the one-day round of Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.


Tintenbar-East Ballina (9-170) had to share the points with South Tweed Colts (8-170) at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.


The ’Bar needed three runs from the final ball to snatch victory but couldn’t quite manage it, getting through for two.


Luke Shay (69 not out) was the only reason they got as close as they did after they needed 63 runs from the last 10 overs.


“We probably didn’t deserve to win it,” Tintenbar-East Ballina captain Brett Crawford said.


“So we’re happy to take four points from the game.”


Crawford said his team had bowled poorly on Saturday – including 11 no-balls and eight wides – and after that never really looked in it until Shay’s heroics at the end of the day.


“Luke batted pretty well,” Crawford said.


 “Early on we just needed him to consolidate, then there was the chase in the last 10.


“He ran plenty of twos and batted with a good head.”


Liam Swanson, still an Under-16, claimed 4-34 to again impress for South Tweed Colts.


“He bowled full and straight and on a wicket that was a bit up and down he hit the right spots,” Crawford said.


The hat-trick came at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, where Alstonville (175) defeated Workers (118).


Left-arm spinner Steve Robb took the hat-trick, finishing with 4-16 from eight overs.


Robb claimed the wickets of Tom Sky (stumped), Jack Quigley (leg-before) and Adam Armistead (bowled) to reduce Workers’ run chase from 4-89 to 7-89.


Youngster Jarryd Thompson (54) had top-scored for Alstonville, while Matt Knapman (47) batted well for Workers.


Marist Brothers (9-136) defeated Ballina Bears (82) at Oakes Oval, Lismore, boosting their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.


Toby Collings made 37 opening the batting for Brothers and Nick De Giusti scored 21. Lee Pittavino top-scored with 20 for Bears. Paceman Steve Prosser claimed 3-18 from eight overs for Brothers.


Lennox Head (5-85) made short work of Pottsville (83), capitalising on Bears’ loss to now be outright third on the points ladder.


New-ball bowlers Paul Milgate and Glen Watkins each took three wickets, with Pottsville’s only real resistance coming from former Casino batsman Trent Bennett, who opened the innings and scored 42 before being the eighth wicket to fall.


Competition points: Cudgen 63, Casino Cavaliers 61, Lennox Head 51, Tintenbar-East Ballina 46, Marist Brothers 45, Ballina Bears 45, Alstonville 43, Southern Districts 41, South Tweed Colts 40, Workers 37, Terranora Lakes 32, Byron Bay 31,Pottsville 28, Murwillumbah 21.


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