Warriors key batsman Brett O’Connor will miss today’s minor premiership-deciding Lower Clarence Cricket Association First Grade clash with Yamba at Yamba Oval.
Warriors key batsman Brett O’Connor will miss today’s minor premiership-deciding Lower Clarence Cricket Association First Grade clash with Yamba at Yamba Oval.

Warriors weakened for encounter

THE Lower Clarence Cricket Association First Grade cricket minor premier will be announced tonight, but the Warriors will have to get the job done without their most valuable player.

Brett O’Connor has terrorised opposition bowling attacks this season from atop the Warriors’ order, but Yamba will breathe a sigh of relief when he is absent from today’s line-up.

Also missing from the Yamba Oval clash is usual skipper Aiden Daniels.

“Brett is away on a holiday and I’ve got to go away for football,” Daniels said.

“But we get (key bowler) Tom Martin back.

“It’s going to be a change in the batting line-up but we will still go in confident.”

Dan Galloway or Trent Cullen have been mooted as replacements in O’Connor’s opening slot. Despite the change in the squad, Daniels said there would not be a change in the philosophy.

“Any team can win it on any day,” Daniels said.

“But we are going to approach this game the same, and that’s to have some fun.”

The strong rugby league flavour in the Warriors’ team would not be disrupted by the approaching football season, Daniels said.

“We have worked the draw that we miss clashing with most of the cricket finals,” he said.

The two teams can effectively treat the clash as a precursor to next weekend’s major semi-final, with the winner to progress to the decider. The victor will also host the final.

It’s going to be a change in the batting line-up but we will still go in confident.



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