GOOD TRY: Alex McKee (centre) shone with Sam Irvine.
GOOD TRY: Alex McKee (centre) shone with Sam Irvine. Contributed

Toss all the Cavaliers won

THE Casino Cavaliers (168) started their season off with a disappointing loss to Tintenbar East-Ballina (2-169) in their Round 1 LJ Hooker one-day fixture at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.

After winning the toss, the Cavaliers elected to bat first on a notoriously batter-friendly wicket. The innings didn't get off to the best start with the top order losing regular wickets to be positioned at a precarious 3-13. Sam Irvine (61) and Myles McDowell (11) steadied the ship with a 27-run partnership, but after McDowell was controversially given out caught behind, the Cavaliers found themselves in trouble again.

Young all-rounder, Nick Fuller (13), once again got himself in and developed a solid 34-run partnership with Irvine but couldn't continue the momentum after he was bowled by Newstead. Debutant Alex McKee made his way to the crease for his first knock in the LJ Hooker Competition. Reeling at 4-82, McKee batted with outstanding patience and determination to knock up a classy 44. This was a tremendous effort for a 17-year-old debutant playing against one of the more successful teams in the competition. McKee and Irvine put on a 55-run partnership that steadied the ship but once Irvine was dismissed, the lower order could not develop any consistent partnerships and were all bowled out for 168.

Jacob Wood (1-30 off 3.2) took the only wicket for the Cavaliers (the other wicket was from a run-out from Sweeney) in an extremely disappointing day for the team.

The Cavaliers next play Alstonville at Hill Park this week.

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