Tait jumps to Cudgen
SOUTH Tweed enters its round seven match-up with Lismore Workers this afternoon without sergeant-at-arms Tait Burns.
The inspirational all-rounder became the second LJ Hooker League cricket captain Colts have lost within a year, after his shock mid-season defection to Cudgen.
The competition’s leading bowler, Burns sits second on the champion player standings – a crown that is held by 2009-10 Colts captain Jack Boote and led in 2010-11 by Cudgen big hitter Craig Wilson.
Thrust into the leadership role at just 21 years of age, Burns, who also skippers the Tweed District representative team, was given the task of rebuilding a club reeling from the loss of Boote and a contingent of first grade players.
The relationship soured halfway through the season but there are no hard feelings between the two parties.
Colts vice-president Tony McDonald said there was no point in having a player at a club if he wasn’t content.
“Tait felt that he wasn’t happy with South Tweed Colts Cricket Club,” McDonald said.
“He asked for a clearance, for which clearance was granted and he is now moving on to play with Cudgen for the remainder of the season.
“We have moved forward and that is pretty much all there is to it.”
McDonald said the loss of a second captain didn’t reflect badly on the club, with the personal circumstances of both men being the deciding factor.
“To be brutally honest, when we appoint someone in the position as captain, we expect them to fill that position for the duration of the season,” he said.
“But sometimes the pressures on a captain as young as Tait are a bit too much to handle at that age.
“If you are going to manage a team and run a team, those pressures come as part of that role. That may have been too big a task for Tait to manage in his youthfulness.
“We wish him all the best.”
Colts have been playing well this season, despite being relatively short of committed first grade players.
The club was forced to field a predominantly second and third grade team to take on reigning premier Casino in Casino last Saturday.
“We had eight first graders out for the game and we gave the opportunity to the second graders to take on the task,” McDonald said.
“Thanks to the second grade game unfortunately being washed out, we were able to bring players up to contest the match against Casino.
“They’re supposedly premiership favourites and we nearly beat them.
“It was an outstanding effort.
“The club has always been able to bank on loyal club members who have been part of the club for some years and never shirk the task when asked to play in first grade.”
McDonald said a decision hadn’t been made about who would captain the team for the rest of the season.
“We are contemplating sharing that role amongst the senior members of the team, like Matt Bedford and Butch McDonald,” he said.
“Those two will be the primary managers of the team. We will work around that to get back on track and try to get some more wins.”
The decision on who will call the toss today at Dave Burns Field remains to be seen.
Elsewhere, Cudgen collides with Ballina at Fripp Oval, Terranora tackles Tintenbar at Kingsford Smith South, Pottsville plays Alstonville at Seabreeze Oval and Murwillumbah locks horns with Lennox Head at Meegan Crescent.
The action begins around the grounds at 1pm.
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