TITLE HOLDERS: Lower Clarence captain Ben McMahon will be hoping his team can retain the Cotten Shield this weekend.
TITLE HOLDERS: Lower Clarence captain Ben McMahon will be hoping his team can retain the Cotten Shield this weekend. Matthew Elkerton

Teams ready to battle for Cotten Shield

COTTEN SHIELD: After claiming the Grafton Toyota Cotten Shield in the dying stages of last year's match, Lower Clarence captain Ben McMahon said the team has no intention of giving the shield back when they face off against Clarence River at McKittrick Park tomorrow afternoon.

McMahon said the team was looking forward to the clash.

"I'm confident we can do the right things to win the game, we're all aiming to play some good cricket," he said.

"We've got a team that should cover all aspects of the game, so I think if we can bowl tight lines and take our catches it'll go a long way towards winning this game. It's a team effort, if all our batters can get runs and the bowlers execute their plans we'll go well."

McMahon said Simon Harrison will make his representative debut after impressing in first grade.

"He has been bowling well and deserves the call-up," McMahon said.

"It's usually a low skiddy wicket, which should suit his style of bowling."

With a number of Lower Clarence players picked from the Harwood Premier League team, who are currently enjoying a bye, CRCA president Tim Kinnane said his side will have to be on the top of their game if they were to avenge last year's loss.

"LCCA is the holder of the senior shield and this year's match will be no different to other years and we're expecting another great game between the two sides," Kinnane said.

"We've made a few changes to the side from other representative games this year which could prove the difference.

"Chris Adamson, Tom Kroehnert and Dylan Cleaver are three additions to the team.

"Adamson can make a big impact with the ball, and it's good to have the experience of Tom at the top of the order."

Kinnane said he's confident the team can lift to the occasion.

"I'm confident they'll go very well," he said.

"Going by the history of the games, it shows it's always a good battle."

Kinnane said the support of Mike Anstee and Grafton Toyota was crucial to this year's competition getting off the ground.

"They got on board earlier this year when they saw that cricket was struggling in Grafton," he said.

"Mike's ideology of locals supporting locals was what it was all about, and the support that he has given us has enabled us to hold this prestigious shield again this year."

With a juniors T20 clash to kick off proceedings on the day from 10.30am, Kinnane said he hoped to see a good crowd come to McKittrick Park and watch a quality day of cricket.


Lower Clarence

Nathan Ensbey

Matt Farrell

Jarrad Moran (wk)

Mark Ensbey

Ben McMahon (c)

Brandon Honeybrook

Matt Young

Jason Allan

Glen Clarke

Jacob McMahon

Hayden Ensbey

Simon Harrison

Clarence River

Tom Kroehnert

Dylan Cleaver

Jake Kroehnert (c)

Jason Rainbow

Jamie Firth

Rohan Hackett

Lewis Chevalley

Chris Adamson

Jacob Ellis

Jack Weatherstone

Andy Kinnane

Nathan Blanch

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