Rep cricketer in on field altercation
By STEVE SPINKS
The Northern Star
AN altercation between Lismore opening batsman Brad Lofts and Clarence River player Andrew Firth was the talking point following Lismore's comfortable opening round victory in the SCG Trust NSW Country Cup. Lofts made 33 as Lismore overhauled Clarence River's disappointing total of 102 for the loss of only five wickets. However, during the Southern Districts batsman's innings he was involved in an altercation with Firth. Umpires Bob Myatt and Stan Jenkins will submit a report to the Far North Coast administration who will then decide if the players should face a judiciary. The altercation added some spice to a match that Lismore dominated. An allround bowling effort spearheaded by Brett Ruttley (2-8) and Lismore representative debutant Dominic Marsh (3-26), ground down the Clarence batting order who never recovered. In reply, Lofts top-scored with 33 while youngster Wes Koskela chimed in with 17 not out as Lismore cruised to 5-104 with 14 overs remaining. Lismore now play Ballina next Sunday in the second round. Casino has also advanced to the next round after an exciting five run victory over Lower Clarence at Yamba. In a tense match, the strike power of fast bowler Al Nowlan carried the day for Casino as the big paceman claimed two wickets with the hosts only needing a handful of runs for victory. Nowlan's 3-30 was the pick of the attack, while Wade Sweeney (2-28) and Dylan Huntley (2-48) also played their parts. Earlier, Casino had set Lower Clarence a difficult total of 213 with Sam Irvine (37), Sam Dietrich (30), Brad Wirth (29) and Al Nowlan (24 not out) all contributing. In fact, every Casino batsman made a start but all failed to really capitalise. However, it seemed 213 would be more than enough as Lower fell to 4-61. However, a middle order revival swung the match the home side's way before Nowlan struck. Casino will now face the Tweed next Sunday.