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Alstonville has come off second best to Tintenbar East Ballina in their two-day match at Hill Park Oval in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League, thanks to a century from Abe Crawford.

TEB chose to bowl and it didn’t take long for their first strike as Alstonville opener Ryan Pearce was trapped lbw for a third-ball duck.

Kyle Yager (25 runs) joined Fergus Campey (15) at the crease and the pair put on 30 before TEB’s first change bowler, Steven Leahy, had Kyle caught out.

Steven’s spell saw three more wickets fall including Danny O’Toole and Terry Murphy for ducks, and Alstonville slump from 2/30 to 6/83.

Mathew Job (33) and Jon Gallagher (66) got the innings back on track and the side was all out for 186 after 69.4 overs.

Steven Leahy was the best of TEB’s bowlers with 4/18 off 15 overs including eight maidens. Will Jenkins collected 2/29 from nine overs.

In reply TEB also lost their first wicket cheaply with Cameron Daniels falling for 2 after facing 18 deliveries.

But at the other end, Abe Crawford settled in to post an unbeaten 126 to take his team to victory.

Will Jenkins (37) joined him and together they put on a 134-run partnership. 

The best bowlers for Alstonville included: Will Barnes 2/56 off 16 overs and Terry Murphy 1/58 off 18.

The win puts TEB into second place on the ladder (20 points) behind Cudgen (26). Goonellabah Workers (20) are in third place while Tweed Banora (18) and Casino (15) each have three wins from six starts. Alstonville (13) are sixth.

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Thomas Byrne also scored 111no for Tweed Banora on the weekend in their loss to Goonellabah at Dave Burns Field in the LJ Hooker League.

Byrne’s score helped Tweed Banora to 7/311 decalred, but it was surpassed by the visitors who reached the total with three wickets to spare, care of Jack Cooper who scored 113.

Casino’s Tim Martin also hit 109 in a total of 4/292 declared, to set up a win against Ballina (197) in their first-grade fixture.


But Byron Bay third grader, Doug Jarvis, top scored with a massive 156no, his maiden century. 

He batted for the full 40 overs and carried his side to 7/276, which was too much for Mullumbimby Brunswick who were bowled out for 82 on Saturday at Stan Thompson Oval.

Best bowler on the day for Byron was Brendan Mitchell with 4/14 off three overs.

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