Youth taking on experience
By Paul Attewell
The Far North Coast LJ Hooker one-day cricket final tonight is a classic match-up ? the club that has won more titles than any other up against the defending champions.
Southern Districts will be chasing a fifth one-day title, while the Casino Cavaliers will put on the line the shield they won last year when they downed Alstonville in the final.
The 45-overs-a-side day/night match will be played at Oakes Oval, Lismore, starting at 5pm.
Adding even more interest is the fact that Souths defeated the Cavaliers at Queen Elizabeth Park in the preliminary rounds ? the Casino outfit qualifying for the semi-finals as one of the best losing teams.
The Cavaliers have bounced back from a poor mid-season patch when they were without a number of key players, and captain Adam Shields knows this is the crunch weekend.
Not only do they have the one-day final tonight, there is also their bid to reach the Hooker League premiership semi-finals when the last round is completed.
"We're very keen to keep this title," Shields said.
"It would be a bit of a shame, but this could be our last weekend of cricket for the season. We'll be giving it our best shot."
They are a good chance of taking outright points against Marist Brothers tomorrow.
The Cavaliers have a relatively young team, including five players who represented Casino in the Far North Coast Under-19 interdistrict final at the same ground last Sunday night.
Richard Nind will lead a much older Souths line-up, but there is no shortage of ability, even if a game of cricket is starting to take more of a toll on their bodies.
Souths qualified for the final with a win over Tintenbar-East Ballina in the semi-finals, while the Cavaliers accounted for Eastern Districts.
CASINO CAVALIERS: Adam Shields, Andrews Shields, Todd Summers, Sam Irvine, Sam Dietrich, Mal Hancock, Al Nowlan, Wade Sweeney, Scott Shephard, Jason Myers, Mark Mison.
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS: Brad Lofts, Anthony Nind, Paul McLean, Rex Parrish, Michael Nind, Richard Nind, Scott Coster, Len Blok, Craig Bateman, Dale McDonald, Paul Fredericks.
Umpires:Neville Haywood, Bob Myatt.