New cricket season swings into action on the Tweed
THE new season of cricket is finally here, with the region’s senior leagues entering round one this weekend.
In the Far North Cricket Council’s LJ Hooker League, the one-day competition means a replay of last year’s final when reigning premiers Cudgen take on Ballina at Reg Dalton Oval today at 1pm.
Cudgen looks well-placed for back-to-back titles this season and will be confident of a first-up win against Ballina.
Local rival Pottsville gets under way against Marist Brothers Lismore at Oakes Oval.
Pottsville lost its first-round match to Brothers last season and will want to reverse the result on the Lismore team’s home wicket today at 1pm.
In the FNCC’s Coastal League, Murwillumbah will be looking to go one better this season after going down to Mullumbimby Brunswick in last year’s decider.
Their season begins against Terranora, which will be strong competition first up.
Terranora is traditionally a strong starter and will look to replicate or go better than last season’s feat when they won their opening five games before going down to Cudgen in round six.
Pottsville will travel up the Tweed Coast Rd to take on Cudgen.
Cudgen won the sides’ first clash last year when the teams met in round four, after both lost their opening three matches.
In the Tweed District Cricket Association, a number of sides will go head-to-head against fellow club members when round one begins today.
Murwillumbah continues to dominate participation in the Tweed Valley and will have up to six sides competing.
Four of their sides go head-to-head today at Les Cave Oval and Barry Smith Oval.
Their other sides will face Cudgen and Cabarita at Walter Peate Oval and Black Rocks Sports Field.
The only match not involving Murwillumbah is between the South Tweed Thirstiers’ two sides, with an inter-club clash at Ron Wilkinson Field on Fraser Dr.
In other cricketing news, for the first time in five years, Tweed District Junior Cricket Association is looking to run representative sides in the Far North Coast Inter-district competition in under-12s, 14s and 16s.
Trials will be staged tomorrow at Rabjones and Les Cave Ovals in Murwillumbah from 9am.