Sam's the man for Casino Cavaliers
NEW Casino captain Sam Dietrich had no reservations in taking on the role as the Cavaliers prepare for the first day of the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket season.
Dietrich, 29, takes the reins from top-order batsman Sam Irvine, who is still playing, while previous captain Al Nowlan is also still one of the top fast bowlers in the team.
"We certainly don't lack experience in that respect and I was next line for the captaincy as one of our senior players,” Dietrich.
"This will be Sam's (Irvine) last year for a while so he wanted someone who was going to be here long- term to take over.
"We've played cricket together for about 20 years and I've filled in when he's been away with rep stuff in the past couple years.”
Dietrich is a steady hand as an opening batsman and can bat anywhere.
The Cavaliers should have a well-balanced side with all-rounder Wade Sweeney back in the fold along with the consistent Trent Bennett at the top of the order.
It all starts today with three Twenty20 games at Fripp Oval, Ballina, and three at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
Alstonville, Ballina, Casino and Marist Brothers will all play at Fripp Oval.
It will be the start of a new era with the Cavaliers taking on sponsorship and playing as the Casino RSM Club Cavaliers.
They will be closely aligned with junior cricket with a number of younger players in the top side again this summer.
Dietrich has backed off- spinner and middle-order batsman Nick Ensby to have a big season.
"He's a very competitive kid and probably another future captain at the club,” Dietrich said.
"We haven't really lost any players and the young guys will be better off after last season.
"I think we were a bit unlucky last year and we just lacked some experience in the big games.
"Cudgen will probably be the team to beat but I know we can push on a bit further this season.”