Duo to save Terranora
TERRANORA Lakes welcomes a match-winning dynamic duo back to the fold today as the LJ Hooker League side attempts to turn around an alarming mid-season slump.
Two losses and a draw in the past three games have caused the team to slip to seventh on the ladder, putting its finals aspirations in jeopardy.
The return of Nathan Wilson and Josh Callegari will provide the firepower needed in today's must-win one-day clash against the lowly Southern Districts at Lismore.
The pair will form an intimidating partnership opening the bowling.
Callegari is ninth on the league's leading wicket-takers list entering this round, having taken 12 wickets at an average of 11.25 in just three games this season.
Wilson has proved more than effective in his four outings this season, taking eight wickets at an average of 13.8.
Club president Mick Harrison said the game was a must-win for the club, which faces the task of winning each of its remaining six games to keep finals hopes alive.
“We need a win to keep in touch with the top four,” Harrison said. “They are a fairly good side, but I think we have got a good chance of beating them. We have got some players who were missing in action coming back and we will have a full-strength side.”
Although it won't quite be a full-strength side, as former captain Leigh Baker must serve the second day of a suspension he earned before Christmas in a fiery loss to Lennox Head.
Baker was involved in a verbal altercation with an opposing batsman that resulted in both being suspended for two playing days.
“The game got a little bit out of hand, and it was not the first time either. There is a bit of rivalry there,” Harrison said.
But the rivalry doesn't extend too far off the field. “We'll host them lunch next time they come up,” Harrison said.
In other LJ Hooker League matches this weekend, Murwillumbah takes on Ballina Bears at Rabjones Oval, Marist Brothers play Lismore Workers at Oakes Oval, Cudgen clashes with Tintenbar-East Ballina at Reg Dalton Oval, Casino plays Pottsville at Casino and Alstonville plays Byron Bay at Hill Park.