TOP SHOT: Lennox Head batsman Mark Denmeade swats another drive away during his side’s LJ Hooker League clash with Ballina Bears.
TOP SHOT: Lennox Head batsman Mark Denmeade swats another drive away during his side’s LJ Hooker League clash with Ballina Bears. Stuart Turner

Tintenbar-Ballina keeps up chase for LJ Hooker League title

TWO young bowling guns and a debutant star helped Tintenbar-East Ballina keep up its chase for LJ Hooker League finals cricket.

Jake Nind and Jacob Stephenson took five wickets between them to help the Bar claim first innings spoils against Marist Brothers in the competition's latest action this weekend.

It was also a memorable match for keeper Matthew Earl, whose solid display behind the stumps also helped his team to victory.

Tintenbar skipper Brett Crawford was delighted with the efforts of his side, which are still chasing a top four berth with two home games remaining in the season.

"We've just got to keep winning," he said.

"We're relying on other results going our way and when you do that, you don't have a lot of hope.

"If we win next week, we might have a chance, so we've got to keep going."

Opener Mick Warburton's century helped Tintenbar set a competitive first innings total of 251 at Kingsford Smith South.

Nind (3-66) and Stephenson (2-27) then toiled away for more than 40 overs between them to help dismiss the Lismore side for 198.

"That's what these young fellows can do," Crawford said.

"They both did a great job and helped control the game for us."

Earl, meanwhile, put in a solid effort behind the stumps in his first match at senior level.

His efforts included taking a catch to dismiss dangerman Nick De Giusti.

"He kept beautifully," Crawford said.

"For a first match (at first grade), he did really well."

Meanwhile, last year's grand final winners Cudgen went top with an outright victory over Murwillumbah.

Caleb Ziebell took eight wickets for the match to help seal his side's victory.

Previous leaders Lennox Head lost ground after drawing with Ballina Bears.

Bears' paceman Nathan Anson took three wickets but neither side was able to bowl the other out.

Mark Denmeade made a half-century for Lennox.

Casino won on first innings against Pottsville, with Alstonville doing likewise against Terranora.

ROUND SEVEN SCOREBOARD

CUDGEN v MURWILLUMBAH (at Reg Dalton Oval, KIngcliff)

1st INNINGS: Murwillumbah 92 (Caleb Ziebell 5-44, Brad Julius 4-17)

CUDGEN 3/153 dec (Callum Gall 44, Jesse Harrington 61, Tait Burns 30 not out).

2nd INNINGS: Murwillumbah 133 (Caleb Ziebell 3-19, Craig Wilson 2-21).

CUDGEN 1/74 (Callum Gall 40 not out)

CUDGEN WIN OUTRIGHT

POTTSVILLE v CASINO CAVALIERS (at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville)

1st innings: POTTSVILLE 141 (Jake Hellyar 5-34)

CASINO CAVALIERS 5/168 dec (Caleb McIntyre 40, Sam Irvine 46 not out, Kale Hare 39).

2nd innings: POTTSVILLE 9/145 (Nathan Wilson 30; Wade Sweeney 3-33).

CASINO WIN ON 1st INNINGS

LENNOX HEAD v BALLINA BEARS (at Megan Crescent, Lennox Head)

1st innings: BALLINA BEARS 6/331 dec (Nathanael Scott 117, Justin Moore 45, Jeremy Thorpe 49, Nathan Anson 59).

LENNOX HEAD 7/278 (Batting scorecard not provided; Nathan Anson 3/39).

MATCH DRAWN

ALSTONVILLE v TERRANORA (at Hill Park, Wollongbar)

1st INNINGS: TERRANORA 190 (Dylan Catt 51; Scott Petty 2-24).

ALSTONVILLE 7/204 (Nathan Collins 48, Liam Smith 48)

ALSTONVILLE WIN ON 1st INNINGS

TINTENBAR-EAST BALLINA v MARIST BROTHERS (at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina)

1st INNINGS: TINTENBAR-EAST BALLINA 251 (Mick Warburton 105; Jake Muscat 3-41).

MARIST BROTHERS: 198 (Jake Nind 3-66, Jacob Stephenson 2-27).

TINTENBAR-EAST BALLINA WIN ON 1st INNINGS

ROUND EIGHT MATCHES (starting next Saturday): Cudgen v Casino Cavaliers (Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff); Murwillumbah v Ballina Bears (Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah); Pottsville v Marist Brothers (Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville); Lennox Head v Terranora (Megan Crescent); Tintenbar-East Ballina v Alstonville (Kingsford Smith South).


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