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February 28, 2024

Two wins for Byron Bay cricketers

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The LJ Hooker seconds went to Cudgen and took only 23 overs to run down Cudgen’s 8/137.

Darren opened with Owen and was 62 not out when the winning runs were scored.

Owen made 30 and Matt  reached 37 not out.

The Byron bowlers set the platform for the win by sticking diligently to their task. Toby earned 3/32 while Brady (2/28) and Levi (2/20) supported with a couple each.

Mick Hughes was promoted to the seconds from captaining the thirds and kept wicket, taking two dismissals.

The win puts Byron Bay seconds into third spot on the Coastal League ladder and edges Cudgen into fourth, but both are on 68 points.

Lennox Head is out in front on 80 and Tintenbar-East Ballina are close behind on 77, meaning just 12 competition points separate the top four teams.

With a win worth seven points there is plenty to play for in the run to the finals.

Seconds win

But even better news for the club was the Cellars thirds playing at home and defeating the top-four side Tintenbar-East Ballina Fire.

The Fire hit up 156 for the loss of eight wickets from their 40 overs.

Ewin lead the Byron bowling with 4/35 off his eight, and Gus also did a great job building pressure and taking 2/9 off his six overs, including three maidens. Lachy and Tom got one each.

In reply Byron passed the total in their 37th over to record a morale-boosting win.

Gus hit 56 to top-score in the match, Tim got 43, new Captain Greg hit 24, while Tom (16) and Lachy (17 n/o) were the others to figure.

It was a good team win and hopefully they can carry this form into this weekend’s match at Williams Reserve against third-placed Lennox Head.

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