Of Mison men: Alstonville all-rounder hot with bat
INJURIES have not stopped Alstonville all-rounder Steve Mison from producing his best start to a season in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
The 29-year-old has a lingering hamstring injury from the rugby union season but has already scored four half centuries.
Captain Steve Robb has been able to get away with Mison bowling fewer overs while he focuses on his batting.
Robb is hoping for more runs from the rest of the top-order when they take on Tintenbar-East Ballina in a one-dayer at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, today.
"He (Mison) has had a massive start to the season and has definitely been our standout,” Robb said.
"He has been training really hard and we're starting to see the benefits of that now.
"I was bowling him a bit in the Twenty20 but he pulled up a bit sore so we've been able to get away with not using him there.
"We have Jordan McNally in his first full year with us and he's been a really good addition to our bowling attack with his off-spin.
"I'm fairly happy with where we're at, we just need some more runs from the rest of the top order.”
Alstonville has one of the best balanced teams in the competition with the likes of all-rounders Jason Caught and Terry Murphy while Robb also bowls plenty of overs in a five-man attack.
Caught, a left-arm quick, is bowling again after a back injury limited him to only a few overs a game for the past two seasons.
"His back still pulls up a bit sore but he's getting through it,” Robb said.
"Terry has had a bit of a mixed start to the season but hopefully he can find some form with the ball.
"It definitely helps having guys with that sort of ability in the team.
"Tintenbar have a strong batting line-up and that ground is connducive to some high scores.
"Hopefully we can get a few early wickets and press on from there.”
In other games:
Marist Brothers take on Ballina Bears at Nielson Park, East Lismore.
The game has been moved so that Lismore District Twenty20 games can be played at Oakes Oval.
The Casino Cavaliers will take on Pottsville at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
Defending premiers Cudgen host Lennox Head at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.