Jeewan De Silva, who will line up for Lennox Head in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League this season.
Jeewan De Silva, who will line up for Lennox Head in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League this season.

Cricket season to be tight affair

THE Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket competition starting next Saturday promises a hard-fought season.

There will be plenty of fresh faces with a number of changes to all teams.

Lismore Southern Districts captain Mitchell Pickford is pleased to have picked up all-rounders Brad Robertson, who moves to the area from Grafton, and Daniel Rose from Goonellabah.

On the down side, long-serving wicketkeeper-batsman Michael Nind has retired.

Lismore Workers captain Jason Caught is hoping for a better season.

Young batsman Tom Sky comes to the club from Casino A-grade, but experienced batsmen Ken Clark and Troy Harris have called it quits.

Defending premiers Casino Cavaliers should be strong again this season.

Captain Al Nowlan is happy to have picked up New Zealander Caleb McIntyre, plus youngsters Jake Hellyar from Goonellabah and Mat Barber from Casino A-grade.

But the Cavs have lost a wealth of talent in batsmen Wes Koskela, Sam Dietrich and Adam Shields, who have moved interstate.

Brunswick-Byron captain Reid Campbell is excited about the season ahead.

The team has an abundance of juniors ready to make their mark.

Todd Arthur will join the ranks as a handy wicketkeeper from Mullumbimby juniors. Three other young players coming on board are top-order bat Matt Irwin, pace bowler Oscar Jarvis and leg-spinner Mitchell Barnes.

They have lost opening batsman Adam Gadowski, who is having a year off, but hope to get all-rounder Jake Lewis back from Sydney for the second half of the season.

Ballina Bears captain Sam Adams hopes his team will go one better this summer after losing in the semi-finals last season.

Bears continue to bring an international flavour to the competition.

Aaron Jeal has headed back to England but is replaced by countryman Stuart Faith, an all-rounder.

He will have to be on his game because the Bears have had a mass exodus with Andrew Gordon moving away and Adam Izzard, Dave Eddy and Ben Riley all out.

Tintenbar-East Ballina captain Brett Crawford said English all-rounder Mark Hoare would play for the club, but veteran opening bat Phil Dalli was having the season off.

Nathan Collins returns to the captaincy after leading Alstonville in 2008-09. The team has an exciting prospect in talented junior all-rounder Jarryd Thompson.

Batsmen Greg Potter and Andrew Larracey are having a season off and youngsters Dean Robb, Reegan Piper and Tuk Rolfe have moved interstate to go to university.

Marist Brothers have picked up representative all-rounder Jeremy Cowin from Workers.

Their only major loss from the team that made the final last season is young batsman Ben Cooper, who spent the winter playing cricket in Darwin and is now in Tasmania.

Captain Craig Ferguson has taken Brothers from wooden spooners to near the top of the competition in two years.

He said a number of juniors were also likely to see their first Hooker League action including Jake Muscat, Lachlan Waugh, Blake Taylor and Hugh Pratt.

Paul Milgate, who replaces Mark Denmeade as Lennox Head captain, said Sri Lankan all-rounder Jeewan De Silva would continue playing for the club after making an impression with the ball last season.



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