It?s a case Dad?s Army taking on the Cavalier Kids
By ADRIAN MILLER
SOME of them might take issue with the 'Dad's Army' tag, but against the 'Cavalier Kids' on Saturday in the final of Far North Coast LJ Hooker (Ballina) League cricket, Southern Districts could be forgiven for feeling a little, well, old.
Having won the Hooker League twice in the past three years, Souths will field a team boasting years of big-match experience in the decider this weekend, whereas Casino will have eight teenagers ? all playing in a first-grade final for the first time ? in their XI.
But without the likes of Wade Sweeney, Sam Dietrich, Scott Shepherd, Sam Irvine, Josh Innes, Myles McDowell, Todd Summers and Matt Jones, Casino captain Mal Hancock admits his side wouldn't be fighting for the premiership.
"There's no doubt we wouldn't be here without those guys," he said.
"Wade Sweeney has bowled well all year and we wouldn't have won games without him.
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and Sam Dietrich have contributed by scoring runs in the middle order.
"Matt's been away on a lot of rep stuff but batted well when he's come back and Myles has been consistent all year.
"Josh probably isn't as naturally talented as some of them but he's won two games for us with his bowling and he's a big part of the team."
As good as Casino's young brigade are, the Cavs can't lay claim to all the talented teenagers, with Souths boasting youngsters Matt Parrish and Mitchell Pickford in their line-up.
Souths captain Richard Nind said the pair, who've both played representative cricket and are still at school, would fill valuable roles in the final.
"They've really improved each and every year that they've played and the more first grade they play they grow in confidence," he said.
"Mitch is a middle-order batsman who's scored important runs for us this year and Matt's taken plenty of wickets.
"They'll be big contributors on the weekend."
By Sunday we'll know if the young pups can teach the old dogs new tricks.