THAT MOMENT: Bears players appeal for the caught behind decision against the Cavaliers that gave the Ballina club the premiership last season.
THAT MOMENT: Bears players appeal for the caught behind decision against the Cavaliers that gave the Ballina club the premiership last season.

Picture this: Cavs have new resolve

LET’S start this story with an apology to Casino Cavaliers cricket captain Al Nowlan.

We’re running that picture again.

It depicts the dramatic climax to the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League final last season.

Nowlan and Malcolm Rose were trying to bat out the day and the Ballina Bears needed one last wicket to win the premiership.

That’s Nowlan (right) with his hand up as the entire Bears team appeal for a catch behind.

Did he hit it?

“I did nick it,” he said.

“I was trying to defer the umpire’s attention away from it. I hoped it wasn’t the case, but it went past the bat and I’m pretty sure he caught it.

“I was a little bit dark about it, but it just happened. I got a bit lazy.”

Nowlan has been copping rubbish about it ever since.

Every time The Northern Star runs the picture, he gets ribbed by his team-mates.

So, our apologies Al.

It must have been a tough loss to get over.

“I was disappointed but as a sportsman I shook their hands and said, ‘Well done, you outplayed us boys’. I’m not a sore loser,” he said.

“But I’ll be back.”

Rather than being haunted by the heart-breaking loss, Nowlan believes it will motivate his team to make amends.

“I’m pretty sure the boys are keen to make up for it this season,” he said.

“It was heart-breaking what happened, but maybe we weren’t mentally right on the day.

“We had a few players coming in and out of the team all year and I’ve noticed everyone is a lot keener at training this season.

“But it is pretty much in the back of our minds now and I think if we manage to get back and make up for it I think we’ll go a lot better.”

The Cavaliers now have batsman and turf wicket curator Adam Shields back in the team full-time and they have also been bolstered by the return of Todd Summers from England and veteran spinner Michael Wood.

The team has also been impressed by the rise of 16-year-old all-rounder Brendan Maguire.

“We seem to have got it right and we have a good strong line-up this year,” Nowlan said.

Casino will resume at 3-75 today at Oakes Oval, Lismore, chasing Southern Districts’ meagre total of 115.

The Cavs have a busy weekend with most players backing up for an SCG Cup State knockout match against Tweed tomorrow.

Three will drop out to allow experienced Casino District A-graders Steve Lockhart, Clint Carey and Larry Wilson to come in.

In other Hooker League matches to be completed today:

  • Marist Brothers face the daunting prospect of chasing Tintenbar-East Ballina’s massive 9-383 at Nielson Park, East Lismore, after Kane Hamilton’s innings of 161 last Saturday. Batting out a draw may be the Brethren’s best hope.
  • Lismore Workers also face a mountainous task to try to run down Alstonville’s 8-343 declared across town at Heaps Oval.
  • Lennox Head is 0-20 in reply to Brunswick-Byron’s 143 at Thompson Oval, Brunswick Heads.
  • Defending premiers Ballina Bears are 2-88 in reply to South Tweed’s 188 at Dave Burns Field, South Tweed.
  • Cudgen (7-150) will press for an outright win over Murwillumbah (140) at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah.
  • Only weather could probably prevent Terranora Lakes (7-174) taking maximum points at the expense of Pottsville (76) at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.


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