DESPITE knee surgery only four weeks ago, Alstonville all-rounder Steve Mison has been named to play in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket today.
Mison had surgery after winning the Far North Coast rugby union grand final with Wollongbar last month.
It could be a tough day for Alstonville with captain Mitchell Pickford and top-order-batsman Kristiaan Ezzy away working.
All-rounder Jason Caught is playing but he is still unable to bowl after a bulging disc in his back ended his season last summer.
Stand-in skipper Steve Robb is unsure how big a part Mison will play against Ballina Bears at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, today.
"We'll see how he goes, he'll probably only be able to bat," Robb said.
"Jason can't bowl because of his back but he's doing a good job with the bat.
"It does make it hard when blokes are away but we should have Kristiaan for the rest of the season soon."
Robb has called it a rebuilding year after Alstonville made the semi-finals last season.
With previous captain Nathan Collins and veteran Greg Potter not playing, the club has turned to youth as their replacements.
Bears should be primed for this one, coming off a tie against Cudgen and a loss to Lennox Head last weekend.
In other games today:
Marist Brothers host the Casino Cavaliers at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
Tintenbar-East Ballina takes on Cudgen at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
Undefeated Lennox Head hosts Pottsville.
Lennox Head 14
Marist Brothers 8
Tintenbar-East Ballina 8
Ballina Bears 5
Casino Cavaliers 2