Caught takes up where he left off
LEFT-ARM quick Jason Caught was named the 2008-09 Far North Coast LJ Hooker League Cricketer of the Year and he's showing no signs of slipping back to the pack.
Caught took 5-40 in Lismore Workers' first innings win over Pottsville last Saturday and those figures shouldn't come as a surprise because he's hardly had any off-season.
The strapping 25-year-old and a few of his team-mates started training three months ago and he was also kept busy during Lismore's Festival of Cricket last month.
Caught bowled in a net session against the Victorian State squad and was selected in the Lismore Invitational team that took on a fairly handy Australian Cricketers' Association Masters XI at Oakes Oval.
“I think I only bowled three overs and I didn't get any wickets, but I did bowl a maiden to Michael Bev-an, which was pretty good,” Caught said.
“It was great to meet them and have the chance to talk to them at the after-game function and in the changerooms and get a few tips.”
Caught was particularly excited about meeting one of his idols, former Australian and Queensland fast bowler Andy Bichel.
“Andy Bichel talked to a lot of the boys and helped out,” he said.
“I think he was a bit unlucky as a bowler, he was 12th man for Australia something like 20 times and he's one of those players who stuck with it and achieved some great things.”
Caught has been with Workers for 10 years and has modest ambitions when it comes to his cricket, which is to help his team make the top four this season and, hopefully, win selection in the North Coast representative team.
It's also refreshing to hear a fast bowler who doesn't feel the need to run in and bowl at a million miles an hour to take wickets.
“I can bowl quick but I like to keep a bit in reserve and bowl at about 70 per cent,” he said.
“A lot of fast bowlers tear in and can manage to bowl only four or five overs, but I'd rather bowl 10 or 12 overs and really work the bats-man out.
“Speed has nothing to do with it. There are some bowlers in this league who can bowl at 130km/h but I like to get my wickets with variation.”
Caught will spearhead Workers' attack when they take on Alstonville at Heaps Oval, Lismore, starting today.
Although it is early days, Alstonville finds itself at the top of the ladder after a comprehensive outright victory over Murwillumbah.
Caught will have to run in against an in-form Alstonville batsman in Andrew Larracey, who scored 102 not out last Saturday.
“We always have a good game against Alstonville, but they are a team we have a good record against,” he said.
In other games:
• Southern Districts play 2008-09 finalists Casino Cavaliers at Oakes Oval, Lismore
• Brunswick-Byron will take on Lennox Head at Thompson Oval, Brunswick Heads
• South Tweed host defending premiers Ballina Bears at Dave Burns Field
• Marist Brothers battle it out with Tintenbar-East Ballina at Nielson Park, East Lismore
• Murwillumbah and Cudgen clash at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah
• Pottsville is at home at Seabreeze Oval to Terranora Lakes.
THE Ballina and Lismore interdistrict cricket teams will start their representative season with the first round of the SCG Cup State knockout tomorrow.
Ballina host Tweed at Fripp Oval, Ballina, while Lismore travels to Yamba to take on Lower Clarence.
Andrew Gordon will captain Ballina with a number of his Bears team-mates in the line-up, including English recruits Ben Collins and Aaron Jeal.
Veteran batsman Richard Nind will lead a very young Lismore team that includes Northern NSW Emu Colts Matt Parrish and Jeremy Cowin.
Both games will start at 10am.
BALLINA: Andrew Gordon (c), Ben Collins, Aaron Jeal, Toby Horden, Dave Eddy, Lee Pittavino, Jake Lewis, Jake Reid, Brett Crawford, Abe Crawford, Kristian Ezzy, Terry Murphy, Steve Robb.
LISMORE: Richard Nind (c), Cameron Black, Jake Turcato, Mitchell Pickford, Ben Cooper, Jeremy Cowin, Matt Parrish, Craig Attewell, Jason Caught, Ryan Howard, Thao Caisley.