Jack Boote returns to the LJ Hooker League for Terranora Lakes against Byron Bay today.
Jack Boote returns to the LJ Hooker League for Terranora Lakes against Byron Bay today. BLAINEY WOODHAM

Lakes to put the Boote in

JACK Boote will make a shock return to the LJ Hooker League today, bringing some vital all-round skill to the spluttering Terranora Lakes line-up.

Boote was the competition’s champion player last season as captain of the South Tweed Colts, accumulating 43 wickets and 300 runs in an impressive personal effort.

Boote’s LJ Hooker League career was thought over when he left Colts to return to Gold Coast cricket in the off-season.

But the enigmatic former heavyweight boxer will be parachuted into the Terranora Lakes line-up for its one-day clash with Byron Bay at Bilambil.

The Colts didn’t make the finals series last year despite Boote’s heroics and Terranora Lakes hope he can help to elevate the side into finals contention from ninth place on the ladder.

Club president Mick Harrison said Boote’s inclusion would lift Terranora’s intensity and he would certainly bring an intimidation factor to the side’s attack.

“He is an ex-Gold Coast representative player and is a really talented cricketer,” he said.

“Jack enjoys playing cricket on the Tweed. There are better grounds and it is a friendlier competition.”

The side’s former captain Leigh Baker will also return from suspension in a further boost to the side’s bowling stocks.

The 54-year-old Dave Russell will get another opportunity to open the batting after being promoted from second grade last round.

“Those two guys in there (Boote and Russell) strengthens the batting right up and with Leigh back our bowling attack’s even stronger.”

Terranora suffered a gut-wrenching defeat on the second- last ball of its game against Southern Districts last week when a win would have catapulted the side back into the competition’s top four.

Instead the side sits at ninth with five rounds of competition to go.

“It hasn’t put us that far behind but it is the only game we can afford to lose,” Harrison said of the loss.

Byron has only won one game this season and should be no match for the Lakes boys but will be confident coming off a win over Alstonville.

“It will be no drama at all. If we can’t beat Byron we may as well give it away.

“There’s only five points between third and ninth so we will need a good win.”



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