Casino batsman Sam Irvine slices the ball during a match against Byron Bay at Queen Elizabeth Park in Casino.
Casino batsman Sam Irvine slices the ball during a match against Byron Bay at Queen Elizabeth Park in Casino. Marc Stapelberg

Cavalier Sam's not at all cavalier about the cricket season

CASINO Cavaliers top-order batsman Sam Irvine concedes the only way is down for him this season.

However, that is nothing to be ashamed off after the start he has had in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.

The fact he has been dismissed only once in four innings means he now has a batting average of 240.

His top score this season is 82 not out and he hasn't been dismissed in his past three innings.

"Unfortunately the only way is probably down from here," Irvine joked.

"This is up there with one of the best starts (to a season) I've had but it's all about how you finish.

"I've seen it before; some blokes start well and then fall off the radar after Christmas.

"I pride myself on consistency and will try to keep it up for the rest of the season."

Lennox Head all-rounder Andrew Lindsay has also been in fine form with the bat.

Andrew Lindsay batting for The Lennox Head Pirates.
Andrew Lindsay batting for The Lennox Head Pirates. Patrick Gorbunovs

He was one of four players who scored centuries in winning teams in the fourth round of one-day games at the weekend.

Lindsay was unbeaten on 101 and has been dismissed only twice this season, giving him an average of 156.50.

Tintenbar-East Ballina opener Luke Hamilton has an average of 173 after being dismissed only once in the two games he has played.

He scored 102 not out against the Cavaliers in the opening round.

Irvine credits his great form to a move down from No 3 to No 4 in the batting order.

He also believes batsmen have had the wood on some of the bowlers in the competition in recent years.

"About seven or eight years ago the ball really dominated," Irvine said. "The past few years the bats-men have had a lot better run.

"I don't know whether that has to do with the wickets or the quality of the bowling."

Irvine is captaining the Cavaliers this season and has been playing at the club for 13 years.

He has been part of several premiership-winning teams and has preferred this season without Murwillumbah and Terranora Lakes.

"It was a bit of a lottery the past couple of years," Irvine said.

"You would play some of those teams expecting an outright win but the weather would sometimes play a part.

"The competition is wide open this year and I don't expect to see too many outright wins."



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