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Tintenbar East Ballina remain on the top of the Far North Coast Cricket second grade ladder after beating the Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval last Saturday.

TEB won the toss and capitalised with the openers putting on a stand of 129, care of Philip Dali (67) and Simon Cristaudo (61).

The rest of the top order, including Brett Crawford (40), Ethan Barnwell (29) and James McDonald (29 no), contributed to the total of 5/255 from 40 overs.

In reply, the Bears got to 9/98 off 22.3 overs. The openers put on 21 but the side soon slumped to 5/68 with none of the top five getting to double figures.

Best of the TEB bowlers included Joseph Elphick who returned 3/7 off two overs, Joshua Mallam 2/12 off seven, and Anthony Melchior 2/30 off five.

TEB remain undefeated for the season with six wins from as many starts. Second on the ladder are the Cudgen Hornets (also undefeated) followed by Terranora Lakes and Lennox Head.

First win

The Ballina side picked up their first win of the season the weekend before last when they beat Alstonville on the back of an unbeaten century by first drop Craig Twiname (119 no).

Playing at Fripp Oval, Alstonville won the toss and put Ballina in to bat. The Bears amassed a total of 4/296 with Lee Barnett (66) and Abhishek Modgil (55) getting amongst the runs as well.

In reply Alstonville reached 8/209 in their 40 overs. The top order were all among the runs including: Glen Hunter (43), Doug North (48), Malcolm Rose (36) and Ben Gwilliam (34).

Best of the Ballina bowlers was Ravinderpal Singh who got 2/40 off eight overs.

Hat trick

In another second grade fixture from the weekend, Byron Bay lost their local derby against Bangalow, playing at home on the Cavanbah centre pitch, despite a hat trick to the home side’s Brady Fuhrmann.

Byron won the toss and elected to bat and went on to score 7/204. Joel Stocks top scored with 59 no, and most of the top order got a start including: Mitch Loane (24), Owen Delian (25), Tom Mc George (31) and Lenny Bridle (43).

Best of the Bangalow bowlers were Ben Hills 2/19 off six overs and Sonny Singh 2/35 off eight overs.

In the last of their 40 overs, Bangalow reeled in the target with one wicket to spare, finishing on 9/207.

Brady’s hat trick, all bowled, gave him figures of 3/15 off two overs. Joel Stocks backed up his batting with 2/40 off seven overs.

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