LEADING EDGE: Scott Shephard batting for the Casino Cavaliers. Shephard has been named captain of the Northern NSW Emu Colts.
LEADING EDGE: Scott Shephard batting for the Casino Cavaliers. Shephard has been named captain of the Northern NSW Emu Colts.

Shephard to guide Emus

By Steve Spinks sport@northernstar.com.au CASINO'S Scott Shephard has been selected as the Northern NSW Emu Colts cricket captain following the selection carnival at Tamworth at the weekend.

Shephard, a leg-spinning allrounder, claimed a bunch of wickets as he led Far North Coast to a victory and a loss during the four-way carnival.

A combined Mid North Coast and North Coast side won the carnival, which also included teams from Northern Inland and Hunter.

Casino Cavaliers team mate Sam Dietrich has also won selection after impressing by scoring a century in the match yesterday, in which FNC defeated Northern Inland. The Emus, an Under-21 side, will tour New Zealand later this year.

Shephard is the first Far North Coast player to be picked as captain of the Emus in many years.

Former Australian Test opening batsman and long-serving NSW captain Rick McCosker is a former Emus player.

Meanwhile, The controversial revamped LJ Hooker League will start this Saturday.

In Lismore, Marist Brothers will meet Workers, while Southern Districts play Casino at Casino.

In other matches, Lennox Head host new team Byron-Brunswick; Cudgen lock horns with South Tweed Colts; Pottsville face-off with Terranora Lakes; Murwillumbah host Ballina Bears' and Alstonville play Tintenbar-East Ballina.

In other cricket news, former Corndale batsman Tom Cooper started his quest for NSW selection on Saturday. Unfortunately, Cooper could manage only 14 in the University of NSW total of 3-312.

Uni of NSW still defeated Easts who made 311 the week before.



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