Captains cut in search of a game
By ADAM HICKS
THEY talk about a captain's knock, but it was a captain's cut that might save the match at Megan Crescent Oval today.
Lennox Head captain Paul Everingham jumped on a ride-on mower yesterday and trimmed the ground's outfield to ensure his team gets a game in round nine of the LJ Hooker League.
"We've had 20 inches of rain and the ground is very lush," he said
"The council mowed it earlier in the week and we sat on the ride-on for three hours just to get it ready.
"When you want a game of cricket ...."
Lennox Head take on top-four team Tintenbar-East Ballina in one of only two possible matches for the round.
All matches scheduled on the Tweed, Lismore and Alstonville are cancelled because of rain and a decision on Fripp Oval, Ballina, will be made by council grounds inspector Greg Smith at 7am today.
But Everingham said that only an over-night deluge could stop play at Lennox Head.
"It is definitely on," he said.
"The Lennox Head-Tintenbar match has always been a big derby
"It's probably a must-win game for us.
"It's a hard one to call but I'm quietly confident. Up until three or four games ago we were heavyweights, too.
"We'd love to beat them. They are always a tough side but at the end of the day we've both got a good chance."
Ballina Bears captain Shane Jacobs said he was also confident their match against competition front-runners Cudgen would go ahead.
"The outfield is a bit wet but the wicket has been covered all week," he said.
"With all the washouts, we need to win.
"If we lose, we can start planning our end of season trip.
"It will be a good test, but we're not worried about them (Cudgen).
"We worry about our own game.
"If we execute our game play we can compete with anyone."