SEASON BEGINS: Lennox Head opener Bruce Young swings the bat against Marist Brothers in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket last summer. The new season starts next Saturday.
SEASON BEGINS: Lennox Head opener Bruce Young swings the bat against Marist Brothers in FNC LJ Hooker League cricket last summer. The new season starts next Saturday. Mitchell Craig

Murwillumbah makes its cricket comeback

MURWILLUMBAH will re-enter Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket when the two-day competition starts next weekend.

They are back in the top grade for the first time since 2013-2014 making it a nine-team competition this season.

Terranora Lakes fell by the wayside at the end of that same season but will not be back.

Lismore team Norths Colts were set to join boosting the number of teams to 10 but pulled out after some players became unavailable after an initial draw was made.

Murwillumbah club president Steve Twohill spoke at the Annual General Meeting and said they are currently in a good place in terms of player numbers and financially have the backing of corporates in the area.

They have recruited a couple of players back from the Gold Coast to help strengthen their team.

The club has also been working hard over the past 12 months and have a good crop of juniors in the club that would relish this opportunity to develop a pathway into higher grade cricket.

They will play their first game back in the top grade at home against Ballina Bears next Saturday.

"There has been a bit on conjecture about how competitive they will be but hopefully it all pans out for them,” LJ Hooker League treasurer and Bears coach Phil Melville said.

"I believe they're still shopping around for some players but will mainly rely on the core group they already have.

"We've lost Toby Hordern but Jeremy Perkins has come back from Marist Brothers and we have a couple of English imports.”

There was plenty of debate about the format of the competition this season before it was eventually decided that there would be a two-day and Twenty20 competition.

Alstonville are the defending premiers in the two-day format after breaking an 18-year premiership drought last season.

TWO-DAY GAMES NEXT SATURDAY

Tintenbar-East Ballina v Cudgen at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina

Marist Brothers v Casino RSM Cavaliers at Neilson Park, Lismore

Murwillumbah v Ballina Bears at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah

Pottsville v Lennox Head at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville

Alstonville bye



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