HE'S DUE: Casino opening batsman Trent Bennett, who will be looking for a big score after making some good starts this season.
HE'S DUE: Casino opening batsman Trent Bennett, who will be looking for a big score after making some good starts this season. Mitchell Craig

Cavs get chance against Cudgen

CASINO will have as good a chance as any for a win over defending premiers Cudgen in a Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket two-day match at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, this weekend.

Cudgen will be missing four players away with the North Coast representative team at the NSW Country Championships at Narrabri in the first round of two- day games today and tomorrow.

Opening batsmen Jamie Wilson and Caleb Ziebell are out along with fast bowler James Julius and experienced spin bowler Anthony Kershler.

Cavaliers captain Sam Dietrich is confident in his side but still expects a tough game from Cudgen, which has cruised through the early rounds of this season.

"This will probably be our best chance but I'm sure they will still be really strong,” Dietrich said.

"We can definitely win with some luck and if a few decisions go our way.

"We're dropping some catches and making a few mistakes but I think we can beat anyone on our day.

"I dropped a catch myself last weekend so I probably can't complain too much.”

Dietrich is new to the captaincy this season and is batting in the middle order with experienced duo Trent Bennett and Same Irvine ahead of him.

Irvine made 115 not out last Saturday while Bennett is due to fire at the top of the order after some solid starts this season.

They also have plenty of youth with another player set to debut this week in 16-year-old all-rounder Tahne Robinson.

"He's a bit of an excitement machine and I look forward to seeing how he goes,” Dietrich said.

"Nick Ensby has been bowling well and the young guys have been putting their hands up each week.

"They certainly don't lack any confidence.”

Meanwhile, Lennox Head leg-spinner Travis Clarke will take the reins again as captain when they host Ballina Bears at Megan Crescent Oval.

Clarke has been batting up the order and filling in for injured skipper Andrew Lindsay with the all-rounder away on representative duty after his first game back last weekend.

Bears will also have a shake-up with captain Justin Moore, all-rounder Sam Adams and Jake Lewis away with the North Coast team.

Elsewhere, Tintenbar-East Ballina will take on Marist Brothers at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, and Alstonville travels to Seabreeze Oval to play Pottsville.



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