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Batsmen dominate as Bay XI post win

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The Thirstiers won the toss at Rabjones Oval in Murwillumbah and sent Byron into bat.

After losing the openers with the score on 32, M Irwin (111) and M Bear (102) came together to post a 202-run partnership. 

It was the second century in three games for Bear after he scored 101 n o in game three and zero in game four.

Byron reached 4/255 of their 40 overs.

In reply the Thirstiers were all out for 94 in the 18th over.

Bowling honours went to Byron’s Toby Schott who collected 6/33 off eight overs, while L Whiteford took 2/37 off four overs and L Shouldice took 2/1 of four deliveries.

Byron seconds are undefeated after five games and sit on top of the Coastal League table with 35 points ahead of Tintenbar-East Ballina who have three wins from four (32 points) and Ballina Bears who have four from five (29).

More runs

In the third-grade fixture between Lennox Head and Byron Bay in the Ballina District Cricket Association more than 700 runs were scored over 80 overs.

Byron batted first and went form 1/0 to 2/202 after M Larson (81) and L Clayton (161) put on over 200 runs for the second wicket. It was Clayton’s second ton of the season. 

J Trisley’s 90 n o together with R Egan’s 27 n o helped to lift Byron’s tally to 4/383 off 40 overs.

Chasing close to 10 runs per over Lennox Head made good headway but M Tancred (89) and John Young’s (66) fruitful partnership was broken just before drinks. 

By the end of their 40 overs they were 9/332.

Best bowlers for Byron Bay were S Greening with 2/49 of seven overs and B Hughes with 2/30 off four overs.

The win puts Byron Bay into second spot on the ladder with four wins from five and 29 points. Bangalow are out in front undefeated on 35 points.

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