LOCAL GUN: Casino’s Wade Sweeney in action against Ballina in LJ Hooker cricket. The strike bowler has been named to play against former Australian Test cricketers at Oakes Oval next month.
LOCAL GUN: Casino’s Wade Sweeney in action against Ballina in LJ Hooker cricket. The strike bowler has been named to play against former Australian Test cricketers at Oakes Oval next month. BRENDEN ALLEN

Sweeney in line to line up idol

FORMER Australian batsman Greg Blewett may be Wade Sweeney's favourite player, but that won't stop the Casino fast bowler from trying to 'knock his head off' when a local XI take on the Australian Cricketers' Association Masters team at Oakes Oval on October 2.

While the Twenty20 match is considered to be an exhibition, Sweeney won't be overawed when he runs into bowl at a batting line-up that includes the likes of former Test batsman Blewett, Greg Ritchie, Michael Bevan, and State representative Corey Richards.

Indeed Sweeney, who installs insulation for Thermal Logic Australia, won't be cushioning any blows.

“Greg Blewett is my all-time favourite Australian player and I can't wait to bowl to him,” Sweeney said. “He's always been my favourite since I was a young kid. But I won't be nervous and I won't be mucking around. It may be an exhibition, but it should be a really good experience. I'll still try my best to knock his head off.”

The Lismore and district representative squad to take on the ACA Masters includes players drawn from Lismore, Ballina and Casino.

Two younger players, Sammy-Jo Johnson and Richard Nind, have also been named, with the ACA set to hand out a $1000 scholarship to one of them.

The ACA will also be hosting a sportsman's dinner at the Lismore Workers Club on October 1 and conducting coaching clinics fro 300 primary school children as well as one for the Far North Coast representative team.

The Lismore and district squad will be captained by Richard Nind and includes: Jason Caught, Jake Nind, Nick Degiusti, Ryan Howard, Lyn Larsen, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Al Nowlan, Sam Irvine, Wade Sweeney, Adam Shields, Luke Shay, Andrew Gordon and Sam Adams.

Larsen is a former Australian women's captain, while Gordon is the current NSW Indigenous team captain.



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