HITTING OUT: Tintenbar-East Ballina all-rounder Abe Crawford wields the willow during a Hooker League match last season. Crawford should be in his element with the season kicking off with two days of Twenty20 cricket at Pottsville and Ballina.
HITTING OUT: Tintenbar-East Ballina all-rounder Abe Crawford wields the willow during a Hooker League match last season. Crawford should be in his element with the season kicking off with two days of Twenty20 cricket at Pottsville and Ballina. Marc Stapelberg

They're bats out of hell

NORTHERN Star sports editor Mitchell Craig names five batsmen to watch in the first two rounds of Twenty20 games when the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket season starts tomorrow.

The first of seven rounds of one- day 40-overs- a-side games will be played on Saturday, October 22.

Sam Adams

(Ballina Bears)

LOOKED dangerous in the 16.8 pre-season tournament last weekend and was a big reason why Ballina Bears won it for a second straight year.

They should carry the same form into the Twenty20 competition with the likes Lee Barnett and Luke Cleaver in the top order.

Wade Sweeney

(Casino Cavaliers)

EXPERIENCED all-rounder and proven match-winner who rejoins a young Casino team.

The shorter format might suit him after playing only one game with the Cavaliers last season.

Andrew Lindsay

(Lennox Head)

THE go-to man for Lennox Head and a lot will hinge on how he performs with the bat.

The Pirates made the final of the 16.8 tournament and have the strike- power to start off well here.

Abe Crawford (Tintenbar-East Ballina)

SCORED 773 runs last season and will probably hit the most sixes in the T20 comp. Crawford scored 102 runs off just 53 balls in a one-dayer against Casino last summer.

Jayden Hoare

(Pottsville)

BUILT low to the ground and can cause plenty of damage at the top of the order with his power. Opened the batting for the Northern Rivers T20 team last season and times the ball as well as anyone locally.



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