A mixed bag for cricket teams

It was a mixed bag for Byron Bay last weekend across the grades in local cricket.

The Firsts lost, the Seconds had a draw and the Fourths managed a win.

The Firsts took on Tintenbar-East Ballina down at their place and were rolling along to be three for a hundred odd, then the ball took over and the Bay finished with 141 runs on the board.

Wrighty got 57 and Matt got 35 in our total but the TEB boys went past the Bay with the loss of four wickets.

The Ones take on Pottsville in the new year at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville, and are looking forward to some one-day action.

Short Stats: TEB 4/147 (M Newstead 69, M Warburton 19, B Crawford 16, M Gabriel 14, Ian Callan 2/29, Matt Irwin 1/33, Sam Barnes 1/40) defeated Byron Bay 141 (Darren Wright 57, Matt Irwin 35, Adam Meads 16 n.o., B Crawford 5/15, L Shay 2/24) at Kingsford Smith South Oval, Ballina.

The Seconds didn’t have much hope of playing at the Rec Ground with all that rain during the week and, in particular, on Friday arvo, so the ground was unplayable and they had an early start to the club’s celebrations of long-time member Neil ‘Moonwalker’ Armstrong’s 50th birthday. Congrats to Moony on reaching that milestone. Convert that innings into a big one.

The Twos start their 2011 campaign with a trip to Les Cave Oval, Murwillumbah, to take on Pottsville when the comp resumes on January 8.

The Fours went on the road to Chickiba Fields and defeated Tintenbar-East Ballina. Twelve players turned up, which was heartening and gave hope for the 2011 part of the season.

There was a nearly hat-trick and a kind-of-hat-trick in the game. Danny Wooldridge went wicket, wicket, dot, wicket to close out their innings (the nearly) and Wayne Goldstone took three catches in their innings (the kind-of).

New recruits Clint Leahy (38 runs) and Rod Wilson (18 runs) topped our batting and Danny (4/8) got the honours with the ball.

Owen Delian and Wayne got 15 each to contribute, with the returning Pommy Sowter knocking up 13.
 Geraint Price-Jones took a really fine catch, Wade Sellen made good ground to dive forward for one, and Syl caught their lady player in slips and will no doubt cop it big-time from the Two-Rules mob.

 The Radio Man gave himself an over and got a wicket, the Old Bloke got one and Geraint snared 2.

The Fours start next year with a trip to Saunders Oval, Ballina, on January 8.

Short Stats: Byron Bay 124 (Clint Leahy 35, Rod Wilson 18, Owen Delian 15, Wayne Goldstone 15, John Sowter 13, Danny Wooldridge 10, C Henry 2/6, A Walo 2/18) defeated T.E.B 53 (B Lyons 14, Danny Wooldridge 4/8, Geraint Price-Jones 2/19, Syl Reid 1/11, Bruce MacKenzie 1/3) at Chickiba, Ballina.

Stats, draws, ladders and club news are now on the club’s website byronbaycc.nsw.cricket.com.au for both seniors and junior grades.

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