TALKING TACTICS: Lennox Head batsmen Adam Fisher and Toby Leeds come together between overs in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket.
TALKING TACTICS: Lennox Head batsmen Adam Fisher and Toby Leeds come together between overs in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket. Mitchell Craig

Lennox sneaks into cricket semi-final

LENNOX Head have snuck into the semi-finals after a determined batting performance against Ballina Bears in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket at Fripp Oval, Ballina.

The Pirates returned to the crease at 0-81 chasing 209 and it looked like there might have been a few twists and turns throughout the afternoon with wet weather.

Bears got an early sniff when opening batsman Angus Callan was run out in the first over.

However, the joy was short lived with top order batsman Toby Leeds scoring a well-worked 41 for Lennox before teenagers Ben Moyle (33) and Tranan Burvill (32) guided them home.

Captain Andrew Lindsay declared at 7-239, giving his bowlers an hour-and-half of extra practice before its clash with minor premiers Cudgen this weekend.

Leg spinner Travis Clarke took three wickets with Bears 5-71 at stumps.

An unlikely outright win would have seen Lennox take maximum points and jump from sixth to third on the ladder.

In the other games, Marist Brothers missed out on fourth spot after its game against Pottsville at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville, was eventually washed out.

Brothers only had a small total of 139 to defend and Pottsville were well on their way to a win at 6-123 before the rain set in.

All-rounder Ryan McCloy was 28 not out with his partnership in the middle order with Sabah Syed putting them in a winning position.

Pottsville finish the season third and are playing semi-finals for the first time in a number of years.

Elsewhere, Tintenbar-East Ballina missed its chance to win the minor premiership when their game against Alstonville was washed out at Hill Park, Wollongbar.

Casino RSM Cavaliers and Cudgen was washed out.