Seasoned teens to deliver
MURWILLUMBAH hasn’t won many LJ Hooker League games this season, but Terranora will be exposed if it doesn’t respect its opponent when play gets underway in the round 11 local derby today.
Club president Keith Wyatt has warned that Murwillumbah’s team of teenagers has been toughened into a crew of seasoned competitors this year.
The home side is upbeat heading into the two-day clash at Rabjones Oval, looking to finish the remaining three rounds of the season on a high.
“It will be a young side on the paddock but they are pretty confident and are looking to finish the season off on a high by winning a few games,” Wyatt said.
“Under the strong leadership of captain Andrew Bennett, the guys have really started to toughen up this season.”
Terranora is coming off a nine-wicket loss to Cudgen and will be looking to rebuild some confidence. The side hasn’t won a game since November but like Murwillumbah, has played some good cricket at times this season.
Terranora captain Leigh Baker said he wasn’t expecting an easy game, especially with Craig Bonnor missing, but the team is welcoming back Jack Boote and Adam Rodgers. Ed Clarke will replace Bonnor.
“Looking at the ladder, I think it is going to be a nail-biter,” Baker said.
He is still holding out some faint hope of a miracle finals appearance for Terranora.
“We are not going in looking for an outright, but if something comes up, we will take it. An outright would get us back with a little bit of a sniff.”
“We do have a strong side ... and I thought we could beat Lennox, I thought we could beat Byron Bay and Southern Districts.”
Murwillumbah has notched just one win but hasn’t been playing badly. The side has been batting out its innings and holding opponents to manageable scores.
Wyatt said the young players were taking a positive attitude into the field each Saturday, were focused and valuing their own wickets.
“They are getting there, they have got the ability, now all they need is the focus.”
Murwillumbah have picked up a former NSW under-17 player in Andrew Housen and will also have left-arm orthodox spinner Moneet Janda in the side.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Reading is out with a damaged hand, but in-form batsman Veerinder Singh-Gosel has been backed as a capable replacement behind the stumps.