RESULTS at a glance
Two-day fixtures modified to one-dayers after rain washed out the first day’s play.
• Casino defeated Murwillumbah at Queen Elizabeth Park
• Lennox Head defeated Marist Brothers Lismore at Meegan Crescent
• Cudgen defeated Alstonville at Reg Dalton Oval
• Ballina Bears defeated Pottsville at Fripp Oval
• Tinterbar-East Ballina defeated Terranora at Kingsford Smith South
Caleb hits back
Casino all-round sportsman Caleb McIntyre celebrated a return to cricket with a topscore of 32 for the Casino Cavaliers as they dispatched Murwillumbah at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, on Saturday.
McIntyre hails from New Zealand and has become one of Casino’s favourite adopted sons since arriving in the Beef Capital around five years ago.
He crossed the ditch to play rugby league for the Casino Cougars in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.
It did not take long for the Cavaliers to learn of McIntyre’s batting talents and they lured him to the team during the rugby league off-season.
McIntyre is an opening batsman with plenty of ticker and plays second-row or lock for the Cougars. His return to cricket this series has been delayed while he recovered from a football injury.
He has enjoyed title honours with the Cavaliers and is on track for premiership honours in rugby league as the Cougars build up for the 2014 season.
McIntyre topscored with his 32 on home turf in cricket on Saturday as the Cavaliers easily chased down Murwillumbah’s score of 76 – all out in 29.5 overs.
Casino were 3/77 in reply with McIntyre taking honours. He opened the batting with fellow New Zealander and friend Dan Moreton, a century-maker in the LJ Hooker series after crossing the ditch to Casino this season.
Alas, the partnership did not get going as Moreton was bowled for a duck by Adam Meads.
Sam Irvine finished not out 16, and Jake Hellyar kept his wicket intact in scoring 15.
The talented Myles McDowell, batting at number three, again failed with the bat and it looks as if he needs to go back to the drawing board in the nets to get his technique right for the remainder of the series.
McDowell scored four, before being caught by Vincent Quigley off Meads’ bowling.
So McIntyre was the star of the day with the bat, and best with the ball for Casino was Wade Sweeney, who took 4/22 off eight overs.
IMPRESSIVE stints with bat and ball by Jake Lewis has helped guide Lennox Head to victory over Marist Brothers Lismore.