KEY KNOCK: Ballina Bears captain Justin Moore scored a half-century for NSW Country in the win over Queensland Country at the Australian championships in Bendigo on Wednesday.
KEY KNOCK: Ballina Bears captain Justin Moore scored a half-century for NSW Country in the win over Queensland Country at the Australian championships in Bendigo on Wednesday. The Northern Star

Far North Coast duo on fire

FAR North Coast cricketers Andrew Lindsay and Justin Moore have made solid contributions so far at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Bendigo.

The pair is representing NSW Country at the week-long competition.

Moore was instrumental in a three-wicket win against Queensland Country in a 50-over match on Wednesday.

He took control of the NSW Country innings, scoring 50 in the middle-order.

Top-order batsman Greg Hunt scored 76 before retiring hurt as the first three batsmen made just 11 runs between them.

"It was a difficult wicket to score runs on but we played pretty well," Moore said.

"We needed a win and it's always great to beat Queensland. Once Greg retired hurt, I was the settled batsman and it was up to me to stay out there.

"We ended up doing it comfortably in the end, which was pretty pleasing."

Earlier, Lindsay took 2-28 off his 10 overs to help restrict Queensland to 8-182 in the 50-over match.

NSW Country lost its first game by 20 runs against Victoria Country in a two-day match.

Moore came in at No.3 and was bowled by paceman Richard Tibbett.

Tibbett went on to take four wickets while Lindsay did not play in that game.

"We had a slow start and were a bit disappointing first up," Moore said.

"Andrew missed that game because we're carrying an extra bowler and most of them will sit one out."

NSW Country will take on South Australia Country in a two-day game when competition resumes today.

They then play Western Australia in a 50-over match on Sunday before playing East Asia Pacific on Monday.

Lindsay and Moore were picked off the back of their performances at the NSW Country Championships in Ballina last year.