Team may be caught short
AN EARLY starting time could see Marist Brothers forced to take the field with only eight or nine players when they confront Potts- ville in a Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket one-dayer at Oakes Oval, Lismore, today.
Three of the four games have been brought forward to allow representative players in the Northern Rivers Rock Twenty20 team to leave early for Port Macquarie tonight.
The decision was made only on Thursday night and losing the toss could see Brothers out in the field with as few as eight players when the game starts an hour earlier at noon.
"I'm not really sure what is going on there and we'd prefer to play at the normal time,” Brothers captain Brad Cleaver said.
"We're a young team and a lot of our guys work Saturday mornings, and some of the Pottsville guys are tied up with junior cricket up there as well.
"I know the rep team wants to get away a bit early but losing the toss means we might be out in the field a couple of players short.”
The game between the Casino Cavaliers and Lennox Head at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, is the only one that has not been changed because there is no one in either side playing for Northern Rivers.
Brothers do not have any players in the team but Pottsville has two in all-rounder Ryan McCloy and wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Rogers, which meant the game had to be brought forward.
"We had a good win last week and hopefully we can keep that momentum going,” Cleaver said.
"Sam Martin has been batting really well and Kaleb Auld has been one of our best bowlers.”
In other games today, Alstonville will take on Ballina Bears at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar, at noon, while Cudgen will host Tintenbar-East Ballina at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff, from 11.30am.