Crows sweating on captain

Joel Shepherd
Joel Shepherd

EAST Albury’s chances of lifting itself off the bottom of the ladder have taken a nose-dive, with skipper Joel Shepherd still undecided when he will return from injury.

The all-rounder has been forced to watch the club’s three losses from the sidelines as he recovers from a fractured elbow suffered in a workplace accident.

Shepherd initially hoped to return for this week’s two-day clash against Albury at Alexandra Park but has forecast a later return to the field.

Andrew Wilkes has stepped into the captaincy role in his absence.

“I’m still another couple of weeks away,” Shepherd said yesterday.

“It’s frustrating. Once I can do everything reasonably well I’ll be back.”

The Crows are desperate for their skipper to return, with the weekend’s 174-run loss away to Tallangatta anchoring them to the bottom of the ladder.

Batting has been the big problem, with East Albury making just 385 runs, a whopping 422 short of the club with the most, the Bushies.

Making matters worse is the fact that promising quick Brad Neyland, who won the Provincial bowling award last year with 30 wickets, is headed overseas and appears to have played his last game for the season.