THE Evans Head Hammerheads entered the second half of the Lismore District Cricket Association 2013-14 season with high expectations after some consistent performances in 2013 placed them in a comfortable position on the ladder.
The resumption of the season in the new year saw the Hammerheads play in the T20 final at Oakes Oval, Lismore, against the highly favoured Lismore Workers White.
Evans Head batted first, and on a moist, tricky wicket, limped to 8/75 after their allotted 20 overs, with Paddy Wilde the only batter to make double figures.
Lismore Workers passed Evans total with three overs to spare.
Paddy Wilde was best for the Hammerheads with the ball, taking 1/9 off his four overs.
The next match was a one-dayer against the undefeated Marist Brothers at Blair Oval, Lismore.
Brothers batted first and compiled the respectable total of 174.
Robbie Horseman was the pick of the Hammerhead bowlers, taking 3/38.
Next best for Evans was Daniel Fox with 2/23.
Evans finished 32 short, with Brad Hennessey showcasing some of his talent and making a well-deserved 33.
Round Seven saw the rematch of the T20 final against Lismore Workers White on a slow Evans Head outfield.
Captain Robbie Horseman won the toss and sent Workers in to bat.
Some tight bowling from Paddy Wilde and Sean Harrold saw the pressure build and wickets tumble.
Workers were dismissed for a meagre 86.
Sean Harrold was the chief destroyer for Evans Head, taking 6/29.
Paddy Wilde was next best with 3/24.
In response Evans Head capitulated and was rolled for 48, with only Brad Hennessey (12) and Paddy Wilde (11) making double figures.
With the knowledge that they needed a win desperately, Evans Head entered Round Eight hungry for nothing short of a victory.
Northern Districts elected to bat first and compiled 122.
Robbie Horseman had a return to form with the pill and took 3/37.
Paddy Wilde was also effective, taking 2/15.
The highlight in the field was a great catch by young Jordan Sly fielding at mid-wicket, who made good ground to get to a mistimed shot.
In reply Evans was quick to lose a wicket in the second over. However, Daniel Fox (25) and Paddy Wilde (35) steadied the ship and saw out the day’s play not out and putting the Hammerheads in the box seat for the second day’s play.
Unfortunately for the Hammerheads, Mother Nature intervened the following weekend and all 1st and 2nd grade matches were called off and drawn.
Evans Head lost to Eastern Districts last Saturday.
The Hammerheads now will face Northern Districts in a must-win game this Saturday in Lismore.
Pressure is starting to mount on the seasiders as they approach the business end of the season and a finals spot is yet to be cemented.