In-form Matt Pigg to the rescue for Clarence River cricket
CLARENCE Valley selectors have turned to experience to fill the void left by GDSC Easts captain Doug Harris.
With the spin-bowling all-rounder unavailable, Matt Pigg has agreed to make his return to the representative fold to fill those duties.
But it's not just his spin-bowling exploits that will come in handy. Pigg is coming off a score of 124 in club competition against Brothers last weekend.
Tucabia-Copmanhurst teammate and Clarence Valley captain Bob McKenzie said "Piggy" will be a welcome addition to the side.
"He was the captain three or four years ago and knows what a great competition the Country Cup is," McKenzie said. "So he's agreed to play this Sunday.
"He'll bat at four and with Brendan Cleaver at three we've got a good solid top order in a bit of form."
Pigg said the fact he put runs on the board influenced his decision to accept the call-up.
"I guess it didn't hurt that I found a little bit of form," Pigg said. "It might've been a different story if I'd got a duck.
"I'm looking forward to it and happy to help the guys get through to the next round. The Country Cup is a really good concept for regional areas.
"It gives the guys the chance to play some good cricket against the stronger cricket associations in the state."
Clarence Valley takes on Coffs at Ellem Oval tomorrow. Last year CRCA won its first-round match away to Lismore before a heartbreaking loss, also away, when rain helped conjure a loss to Manning River in Taree.
"The good thing is we have nine players from last year in the side," McKenzie said.
"They'll remember how unlucky we were in Taree. Hopefully, they can use that as motivation.
"After playing both our games away last year, it will be good to have a home game and get a few supporters down to Ellem Oval."
Meanwhile, Ballina plays Lismore at Fripp Oval in Ballina with the winner likely to draw the winner of Clarence and Coffs, in a match scheduled to be played on November 24.
Bob McKenzie (c)