Mixed bag for Bay

Both Byron Bay Hooker League and Coastal League sides travelled to Murwillumbah for the first Saturday of a two-day match to take on South Tweed Colts in both grades.

This was a designated home game for the Bay’s Coastal League side due to the Bay only having one senior ground and that’s a synthetic wicket. Can’t wait for the Ewingsdale complex to be up and running.

The full L J Hooker results are unavailable as the scorebook is still at Murwillumbah.

However, from the mycricket.com web-site we can report that South Tweed batted and compulsorily closed their innings at play’s end, having amassed 7 - 224 at the Norm Rabjones field.

Bay wicket-takers were Adam Meads with 3, Matt Irwin with 2 and Mitch Barnes with 1 and a run-out. The Bay has 80 overs this weekend to pass the Colts total.

In Coastal League, Byron Bay lost the toss and went out to bat on an obviously weather-affected pitch at Les Cave Oval. With the ball nipping around and rearing about, the Bay were all out for 19 runs after 15 overs.

 The deck was drying out all the time and the Colts side declared after 27 overs with a score of 7 - 85. Toby Schott was again the wrecker with 5 - 37 off 13 overs.

He declares that the secret is the Chinese food from the Club Byron Restaurant after the game, and at $9.90 for all-you-can-eat, he could be right.

 U16 player Oscar Jarvis chipped in with two victims. The Bay went back into bat and at stumps were 0 -17, some 49 runs in arrears and a day to play.

Short Stats: Byron Bay 1st Innings 19 (James Barnes 6 n.o., Oscar Jarvis 5, D Foster 4- 7, A McKay 3 - 12) and 2nd Innings 0 - 17 (Greg Daniels 7 n.o., Tobyn Burvill 7 n.o.) versus South Tweed Colts 7 - 85 dec. (L Buckland 20 n.o., D Viola 18 n.o., A McKay 15, M Belcher 10, C Strong 10, Toby Schott 5 - 37, Oscar Jarvis 2 - 17) at Les Cave Oval Murwillumbah.

The Fourths got a side together with four new recruits who seemed as keen as mustard to keep playing for the side. The Bay still needs some more players for these one-day games due to the hectic social life of a fourth grade Byron Bay cricket player.

The Ballina fours side hadn’t played a game this season either, so it looked like an even contest and at the drinks break of both innings there was one-run difference between the two sides.

However, their lot do go to training and they scored more runs than Byron in the later part of their innings to pass the Bay with 4 wickets in hand. Still, it was great to get out on the paddock at home and there was good enthusiasm in the side all afternoon.

Training is on Thursdays. Next Saturday’s game is at home again against the Ballina Cubs side from 1pm.

Short Stats: Ballina Filthies 6 - 124 (D Sheafer 46 n.o., C Kapeen 27, J Williams 18 n.o., D Williams 14, Bruce MacKenzie 1 -11, Dan Wooldridge 1 - 11, Scott Wright 1 - 15, Levi Shouldice 1 - 20, Wayne Goldstone 1 - 21, Geraint Price-Jones 1 - 21) defeated Byron Bay 120 (Wade Sellen 52, Geraint Price-Jones 21, Dan Wooldridge 12, D Williams 5 -33, C Kapeen 2 - 8) at the Byron Bay Memorial Rec Ground.

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