CRACKING SHOT: Joseph Huntmedley smashes a drive for his Lennox Head Black Pearls side during the latest Ballina District Junior Cricket Association action.
CRACKING SHOT: Joseph Huntmedley smashes a drive for his Lennox Head Black Pearls side during the latest Ballina District Junior Cricket Association action. Stuart Turner

Patience over power

POWER on the cricket pitch is good but it doesn't necessarily lead to success, as Geordie Grigor has learned.

Geordie, 13, was in great form for his Alstonville under-14 side during Saturday's latest round of Ballina District Cricket Junior Cricket Association action, hitting 33 to help his side to a potential berth in this season's grand final.

The all-rounder from Alstonville, who bats right-handed but bowls as a leftie, said he was trying to use more brain and less brawn on the pitch these days.

"I've got a bit more patience now," said Geordie, who attends Ballina's Emmanuel Anglican College.

"I used to want to hit the ball as hard as I could. Now I've learned it's more important to stay in.

"The first six overs they bowled really well, but then they dropped off.

"I was a bit lucky (today). I got dropped twice, so I just tried to play straight and not give them anything easy.

"I'm really happy with how I played."

His side chalked up 1-102 from its allotted 25 overs, with Pottsville notching 4-51 in response.

The match at Alstonville's Gap Rd playing fields continues next week, with the competition's grand final the week after.

In the association's under-12 action, Lennox Head Black Pearls defeated Alstonville thanks to a great batting effort from its top order.

Luke Oates took 2-10 but the seasiders chalked up 5-107 from their 25 overs.

Alstonville made 7-57 in response, with Riley Cox top-scoring on 20.

The last regular round of the under-12s season takes place on Saturday.


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