Ezzy decision to boost Alstonvilles stocks
ALSTONVILLE is set to be boosted by the return of one of its best young cricketers when Kristiaan Ezzy comes back to the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League on Saturday.
The top-order batsman moved to Brisbane to attend university at the end of last season but is back after playing four games of second grade for the Valley District Cricket Club.
"It wasn't the plan to leave Brisbane but I'm moving home to save money so I can travel next year," Ezzy said.
"I've been a bit out of form lately so I'm looking forward to getting back into it."
Ezzy, 20, had a strong finish with the bat last season and was one of the top batsmen in the Ballina District Cricket Twenty20 competition.
He will be a welcome addition to the Alstonville side that lost captain Nathan Collins, wicketkeeper-batsman Mitchell Pickford and pace bowler Terry Murphy in the off season.
Their stocks have already been bolstered by the inclusion of experienced all-rounder Greg Potter who scored a half century in their opening game against the Casino Cavaliers.
Alstonville had the bye last round and will be away to Terranora Lakes on Saturday.
"I'm looking forward to playing with guys like Steve Robb and Ryan Pearce again," Ezzy said. "We always seem to be thereabouts with semi-finals and we'll push for a spot again.
"Shaun Vidler is another handy pick-up and the boys did well to bowl Casino out in the first innings which is pretty hard to do over there.
"Terranora are a side that can beat anyone on their day and are probably similar to us in a lot of ways."
Other games this weekend:
Ballina Bears v Murwillumbah at Fripp Oval, Ballina
Casino Cavaliers v Tintenbar-East Ballina at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino
Cudgen v Marist Brothers at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff
Pottsville v Byron Bay at Seabreeze Oval Pottsville