Cutters out to cane the Pirates
By STEVE SPINKS
FORMER Queensland representative cricketer Brendan Creevey will lead a strong BeenleighLogan Cutters squad into a trial match against a Lennox Head invitational team on Sunday.
Creevey, who coaches the 2Cutters, 1and his Brisbane first-grade team will lock horns with the Pirates at Megan Crescent, Lennox Head, in what will become an annual pre-season Challenge Shield between the two clubs.
It has been arranged through family connections.
The Lennox club president is Glenn Lewis and his daughter Melissa is a former Beenleigh-Logan women's first-grader.
Lewis also runs local cricket equipment business Coachcap and deals with Beenleigh-Logan in a professional capacity.
"The club said they were looking to get away and play some cricket," Lewis said. "They said they wouldn't mind coming down here so we invited them."
Beenleigh-Logan is a strong outfit which made the final of the Brisbane first grade one-day competition last season.
Geraint Jones had a stint with the club before moving to the United Kingdom and becoming England wicketkeeper.
"We realise they will be a bit strong for us, but we've invited some players from other sides in our area to give us a bit more depth," Lewis said.
The Pirates have also agreed to become a feeder club for Beenleigh-Logan and will guide any aspiring players from the village who are moving to Brisbane to Dauth Park.
The Challenge Shield next year will be held in Brisbane.
The match at Lennox Head on Sunday will start at 10am. Lennox Point Pirates Invitational Team: Paul Everingham (c), Jake Lewis, Mark Denmeade, Rameesh Kassim, Mat Russell, David Tickle, Jake Reid, Paul Milgate, Harry Pye, Brett Crawford (Tintenbar-East Ballina), Dan Williams (Ballina Bears), Damien Knights (Ballina Bears), Sam Adams (Ballina Bears).