Shields gets Cavs back on track

By Steve Spinks

Casino Cavaliers captain Adam Shields on Saturday scored his first century in three seasons to keep his team in the running for the semi-finals in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.

Shields plundered 123 at Heaps Oval, Lismore, as the Cavaliers reached Eastern Districts' total of 182 for the loss of only four wickets.

"It's been a long time since I scored a century," Shields told The Northern Star last night.

"Probably the last time I scored one was in a semi-final against Tintenbar (in 2001-02).

"I probably should've scored one earlier this season when I got a 70.

"But I've lacked a little patience and maybe a little luck.

"I've tried to change my attitude a bit lately so I actually start blocking a few before trying to get into it."

Shields batted right through the Cavs' innings only to be caught within sight of victory.

"I got out two runs from the end," Shields lamented.

"I think I tried to go for the win and a six at the same time, but I didn't quite get on to it."

Casino's victory leaves them fifth on 38 points, only one point behind Norths-Goonellabah RSL (39).

However, Ballina Bears (40), who are in third spot, take on runaway competition leaders Souths in the last round, while the Cavs have last-placed Marist Brothers.

Shields' 123 on Saturday was his second good score in 24 hours.

On Friday night, he hit 42 in Casino's one-day competition semi-final victory over Easts again, this time at Oakes Oval.

The Cavs' 7-201 was enough to move them into the final against Souths, after Easts managed to reach 168.

The final has been scheduled as a day/night match at Oakes Oval on March 4, with a 5pm start.

Shields was well supported by Mal Hancock (48) and Al Nowlan (41 not out).

In reply, Easts' captain Bruce Jobson (41) led the way, while Michael Imeson (30) and Daniel Rowlands (35) also contributed.

Paceman Mark Mison (3-17) and Shields (3-28) were the pick of the Casino bowlers.

Shields (3-19) and Wade Sweeney (3-29) were the Cavs' best bowlers on Saturday.

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