FAMILY BUSINESS: Marist Brothers opener Brad Cleaver in action at the weekend. Cleaver has taken on the captaincy from his older brother Luke Cleaver and Jeremy Cowin. PHOTO: MARC STAPELBERG
FAMILY BUSINESS: Marist Brothers opener Brad Cleaver in action at the weekend. Cleaver has taken on the captaincy from his older brother Luke Cleaver and Jeremy Cowin. PHOTO: MARC STAPELBERG Marc Stapelberg

Plenty of player movement between cricket clubs

THERE has been plenty of player movement between clubs in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket this season.

Top-order batsman Luke Cleaver has joined Ballina Bears after starting last season as captain at Marist Brothers.

Cleaver handed over the captaincy to Jeremy Cowin after a few rounds but still finished the summer with Brothers.

His younger brother Brad Cleaver has taken the reins as captain this season.

Bears also have two new English recruits in opener Jonny Phelps and middle-order batsman Sam Burdock.

Meanwhile, Brad Cleaver scored 50 from opening bat to help steer Brothers to a 67-run win against Tintenbar-East Ballina at the weekend.

Cowin has also moved on this season playing his first game for Lennox Head in the second round.

The all-rounder will add depth at the club when wicket-keeper batsman Lewin Maladay leaves at the end of the year.

Maladay has had a strong start to the season scoring 141 runs in the first two one-day matches.

Cowin will also take pressure off all-rounders Adam Armistead and Andrew Lindsay with his bowling.

Top-order batsman and former Lennox Head captain Mark Denmeade is back playing for Goonellabah Workers in Lismore District first grade this season.

Elsewhere, former Ballina Bears captain Toby Hordern has come out of retirement and is playing for the Casino Cavaliers.

Hordern has found a home behind the stumps at wicket keeper and is playing under long-time friend and Casino captain Sam Irvine.

He originally stopped played to concentrate on his weekend business driving a mini bus.

The Cavaliers have a young team this year and are chasing their first win against Marist Brothers on Saturday.

Lennox Head are on top of the ladder after two rounds with Cudgen in second place.

Cudgen top-order batsman Alec Williams was unbeaten on 101 while last season's LJ Hooker League Best and Fairest Caleb Ziebell is looking ominous after scoring 82 at the weekend.

Ziebell scored 911 runs and took 35 wickets last season.



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