Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Cavs' Quick Takes Seven on First Day; Game at Hill Park Evenly Poised While 18 Wickets Fall at Oakes Oval

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Cavs' Quick Takes Seven on First Day; Game at Hill Park Evenly Poised While 18 Wickets Fall at Oakes Oval

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Byline: PAUL ATTEWELL Sports reporter

SEVEN wickets for Casino Cavaliers fast bowler Wade Sweeney was the individual highlight on the opening day of Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.

Sweeney, one of the leading new-ball bowlers in the competition, claimed 7-46 from 22 overs against Alstonville at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, on Saturday.

But the match is evenly poised, with the Cavaliers to resume at 2-23 in reply to the home team's competitive totalof 196.

Alstonville opening batsmen Mitchell Wilson (43) and Kristiaan Ezzy (38) gave their team a good start before Liam Smith (34), batting at No3,continued the good work.

But Sweeney removed Wilson and Smith then made life tough for the middle-order, including the key scalp of Greg Potter, leg-before without scoring.

New recruit Jason Caught from Lismore Workers claimed two Cavaliers wickets before stumps but Trent Bennett (14 not out) is still there.

Bennett, a Casino junior, has returned to the Cavaliers after several seasons with Pottsville.

Marist Brothers (8-96) took the hon-ours on a frenetic day against defending premiers Cudgen (80) when 18 wickets fell at Oakes Oval, Lismore.

Young leg-spinner Daniel Hamshaw, making his Hooker League debut, took 5-19 from five overs including the wicket of the dangerous Craig Wilson (25).

"The Cudgen bloke took to him like we thought he would, hit him for a six and a four, but Daniel kept his head and got him out," Brothers captain Luke Collings said.

"He sneaked through the defence of a couple of guys who played on, getting through them a bit quicker than they thought."

Pat Martin (28) guided Brothers to first-innings points before being run out and Jake Muscat (19 not out) added some handy runs after earlier taking two top-order wickets.

Collings said the pitch had a bit of life but, like Cudgen, he would have batted first had he won the toss. …

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