Dave Noonan

Advice throws up unusual hat-trick

BEFORE Casino Cavaliers leg-spinner Scott Shephard ran in to bowl his hat-trick-taking ball against Brunswick-Byron on Saturday, he decided to ask team-mates for some advice.

“I turned to my mate at mid-on and asked him what I should bowl and he just said to throw it up,” Shephard said.

“I asked someone else and he said that I should just bowl, so I wasn't getting much help and advice.

“So I just decided to throw it up there and make him play at it, and he played it with hard hands, and hit it straight to first slip.”

You can imagine the scenes of jubilation as Shephard celebrated the first hat-trick of his cricket career, and the Cavaliers went on to claim an outright victory against Brunswick-Byron in their Far North Coast LJ Hooker League clash at Thompson Oval, Brunswick Heads.

“It was pretty special,” he said. “It's something that I'll never forget. As you can imagine we carried on like pork chops, I suppose. I've never felt like that before.”

Shephard got his hat-trick in unusual circumstances. He took his first wicket and the umpires called for an early tea break.

When play resumed, an injured batsman came back in and was trying to hit the cover off the ball, only to hit a catch straight to mid-on.

Cavaliers captain Sam Irvine then put all his fieldsmen in catching positions and waited for Shephard to deliver the fateful ball.

“I wasn't really nervous, I just wanted to put it on a spot and see what happened,” Shephard said.

“I was lucky to be bowling at all because our bowlers had been on fire in that game and I was just thankful to Sam for leaving me on.”

The 22-year-old has previously opened the batting for the Cavaliers, but decided to drop down the order this year to concentrate on his bowling.

And lucky he did, as his hat-trick, and figures of 4-18, helped the Cavaliers bowl out Brunswick-Byron for 140 in its second dig and allow time for Casino to push for the outright.

Highlights of other games included an unbeaten century by Lennox Head opening batsman Darren Marsh.

He made 107 not out as Lennox Head easily chased down South Tweed's handy total of 230.

Lennox looked to be in trouble at 2-68 when Mark Denmeade joined Marsh at the crease. The pair combined for a 169-run partnership as they steered their side to 2-237.

Lennox Head captain Jordan Waugh said Marsh had made the most of some dropped catches to guide his side to victory.

“We were fortunate that a few chances went our way, and Darren and Mark took full advantage of that,” Waugh said.

“Darren scored a century for us last year and this was his first bat for us this season.

“Hopefully, he can take a few positives out of that and take it into next week's game against Tintenbar.”

Tintenbar-East Ballina just scraped home against Pottsville.

In a nail-biting finish, the last-wicket pair of Mick Gabriel and Abe Crawford guided Tintenbar-East Ballina past Pottsville's total of 210.

Gabriel was 29 not out and Abe Crawford 19, as Tintenbar reached 9-215 to claim the points.

Sixteen-year-old Ben Cooper scored 103 not out as Marist Brothers came up with their first win in two seasons.

Brothers (7-289 declared) defeated Murwillumbah (172 and 4-224) on the first innings at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah.

Cooper and Joel Parrey (76) led the way with the bat for Brothers.

In other games, Ballina Bears easily took first-innings points against Alstonville; Cudgen was similarly untroubled by Terranora Lakes; while Workers held on for a draw against Souths.



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