Cavaliers defeat Colts
CASINO Cavaliers are one-day champions of LJ Hooker League cricket after defeating South Tweed Colts by 10 runs at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Sunday evening.
Cavaliers skipper Al Nowlan produced a stirring spell of 5-15 to rattle the Colts’ middle-order and stop them just short of the winning total of 70.
Nowlan now has 42 wickets for the season which should see him finish high on the top wicket-takers list which went secret a month ago.
With South Tweed cruising at 4-45 Nowlan bought himself into the attack and took the next five wickets on an unpredictable pitch.
“It was bouncing and cutting around everywhere,” Nowlan said.
“Very hard conditions for the batsmen.”
The winning captain himself took a bouncing ball to the jaw as he attempted a hook shot while batting.
Nowlan bled from the ear but that didn’t slow him.
“These are finals matches, you’ve got to stay out there, anything can happen,” he said.
Earlier, South Tweed won the toss and sent Casino in on a soppy deck.
The apparent tricky conditions were confirmed with Sam Dietrich’s unbeaten 17 the highest score of the match.
After stumbling to 6-30 Casino eventually scrambled together their total of 70, giving the bowlers something to defend.
“The wicket played worse than I thought it would,” Nowlan said.
“But we were happy to back ourselves with 70 on the board.”
Colts were cruising towards victory and the trophy until Nowlan injected himself and quickly ejected five batsmen to send the visitors home empty-handed.
“We have been involved in some amazing games this season,” Nowlan said.
“And this is just another one. I reckon we are turning our coach grey with some of the close results we have had.”
The win caps an unbeaten one-day season for the Cavaliers.