Shawsy's shot at redemption
YOU would not have thought The Shaws Bay Hotel's cricket team, laden with stars, would finish the regular season in last place on the Ballina District Cricket Twenty20 competition ladder.
With the likes of Brett Crawford, Darren Wright, Jason Caught, Janith De Silva, Nathan Hoey and Stuart Rose in the squad, not only did the team finish last, it did not win a game.
Tonight the Shawsy gets a shot at redemption against the minor premier Northern Star at 7.30pm at Fripp Oval in the four-team competition.
The Stars go into this match with no losses after beating the other previously undefeated team, Barlow's Bolt Barn, by 14 runs last Friday.
Sam Adams starred in this match, hitting 54 runs on a damp ground that made it hard for batting.
"We got 128, which in those conditions was more like 150 or 160," Adams said.
The unpredictable nature of Twenty20 means you cannot take any team lightly, he said.
"All it takes is five good overs in this form of the game to get your side a win," he said.
"All four teams are good sides.
"We ended up undefeated, Bolt Barn lost their last game, Davey Pumps won one game and the Shawsy didn't win a game.
"But those results wouldn't be the same again because the competition is so even."
In the first semi-final, at 4.30pm, second-placed Bolt Barn takes on Davey Pumps.
The Pumpers enjoyed their first win of the season last Friday, beating the Shawsy by six wickets.
Bolt Barn captain Shane Jacobs did not read much into his team's first loss against the Star.
"Nathan Anson was missing for us that game and he's been really good with the bat," he said. "We've got him back for the semis though.
"Brad Robertson (54 runs) did well for us in Nathan's absence.
"Davey Pumps aren't too far away. Luke Shay has started hitting his straps with the bat, Abe Crawford is always a danger of scoring quick runs and Nathan Collins is a key batsman for them.
"But we'd be disappointed if we didn't make the grand final."