Recruits lift Lennox Head captain's hopes
IT has been 27 days since Lennox Head last took the field in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
The Pirates had a third-round bye before all teams had a weekend off for the Gabba Test match.
Lennox Head are yet to win a game this season but captain Charlie Griffiths is confident that is about to change.
Recent additions Todd Fisher, Rameesh Kassim and 16-year-old Sam Lucas are set to boost the side against Marist Brothers in a two-day match at Nielson Park, Lismore, starting today
"We've recruited some new players in the past three weeks and the squad's changed quite a bit," Griffiths said.
"We have Todd and Rameesh back and they played in the team that made the semi-finals two years ago, so we should be a lot more competitive.
"Sam is a bit of a young gun and we think he has what it takes to play in the top grade."
Griffiths played in the Coastal League second grade competition last season when Lennox Head opted not to field a side in the Hooker League due to a lack of players up to that standard.
The English all-rounder had his first season in the competition a year earlier and has enjoyed the extra responsibility as captain.
"Our last captain wasn't available this season and I decided to put my hand up," Griffiths said.
"I don't mind the extra responsibility and everyone has been training well and they seem keen."
It doesn't get any easier for Lennox, coming up against a Brothers side that includes two players just selected in the NSW Country Under-19 team.
Nick De Giusti demanded selection after an unbeaten 103 for the Northern Stars in a match in the State Cup competition at Campbelltown this week.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Reading was also in fine form.
"I've never played against Marist Brothers or in Lismore before," Griffiths said.
"I'll be going in with an open mind."
In other games:
Alstonville should be too strong for Murwillumbah at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
The Casino Cavaliers will look for their third win of the season against Terranora Lakes at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
Ballina Bears will travel to Seabreeze Oval to take on Pottsville.
Cudgen hosts Byron Bay at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
Tintenbar-East Ballina has the bye.