Monkey off Bay?s back
Byron Bay just got the win against its bogey team Lennox Head in a one day cricket thriller in Byron on Saturday though the end result showed they have perhaps been reading a little too much of their own media.
While finishing ahead on the table each year, Byron has lost close games to Lennox the last three years and this year's competition leading side were keen to stop the rot.
Byron got off to its now traditional start losing the toss and then ripping through the top order to have Lennox 5-32.
Byron then went into cruise mode enjoying the new year spirit and a lot of in jokes which fell very flat when Jack Robin later awoke and smashed 52 not out as Lennox took 60 off the last 10 overs.
Ian Callan bravely overcame severe influenza to take 2-9 off his 9 while Anthony Smith finally got a chance to bowl to the tail and got roundly carted.
The 68 run 9th wicket stand meant Lennox set a competitive total of 8-138.
Byron's bats were all keen for a good hit out after little action this season but found themselves facing a real challenge when the top 3 failed and they landed at 3-29.
Reid Campbell and Greg Trevena rode some early luck then built the match winning 85 run partnership with Greg scoring 29 and Reid brutalising the bowling for 61 including 3 huge sixes and 7 fours.
At one stage the pair took 44 from 3 overs ruining a young leggie's afternoon and turning the game.
Cruising at 3-116, Byron then went back into Christmas mode and lost 5 wickets for 18 runs and suddenly found themselves with the last two available batsmen at the crease with 5 still to get.
Ian Callan shook off his ailment and showed his old head to calmly pull a boundary and seal the game, just.
The squeaky win keeps Byron's season on track and should have the positive effect of getting some faces at training this week.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the great all round effort off Lennox's young Ramish Kassim with 20 solid runs and 3-8.
Byron has the bye this Saturday and then fronts up 1pm on Sunday at Hill Park in Alstonville.