Lismore, Ballina battle to progress in Country Shield
THE Ballina and Lismore representative cricket teams will square off in the SCG Country Shield knockout in what they hope will be the first step towards a place in the semi-finals in December.
Ballina will be led by Alstonville captain Steve Robb and Lismore by Marist Brothers batsman Luke Cleaver.
The match will be played at Fripp Oval, Ballina, on Sunday.
The team named by Ballina looks to have the edge in batting.
It includes Ben Carruthers, who began the season in great style with a century in the first round of the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League.
He will be joined in the top order by three Ballina Bears teammates.
Lismore would appear to have the edge in bowling if the attack it has named takes the field.
Ironically, two of their key men, left-arm fast bowler Jason Caught and right-arm leg-spinner Jake Nind, now play Hooker League for Ballina District clubs.
Caught, from Lismore Workers, is with Alstonville, and Nind, from Southern Districts, is with Tintenbar-East Ballina.
Neither Workers nor Souths now field a team in the Hooker League.
Surprisingly, all-rounder Adam Armistead has been named in both teams.
Armistead played for Workers Goonellabah in the Hooker League before linking up with Lennox Head last season when the Lismore joint venture team failed to establish itself in the competition.
He has also played the past two winters in English club cricket.
The Country Shield semi-finals will be played at Cowra on December 29, with the final the next day.
Tweed defeated Casino in the first round of the top- tier SCG Country Cup this month and will travel to Tweed for the second round on November 24.
The Country Cup semi-finals will also be played on December 29 with the final at the SCG on January 12.