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Crickets teams looking forward to good weekend weather

Diggers’ rising star batsman Damon Rootes will miss today’s clash with Colts due to Bradman Cup duties. Photo: Rob Wright.
Diggers’ rising star batsman Damon Rootes will miss today’s clash with Colts due to Bradman Cup duties. Photo: Rob Wright.

PLANTATION Diggers welcome Park Beach Bowling Club Colts to Fitzroy Oval today with club stalwart Steve Meakins hoping the weather allows a decent span of match time.

"Allowing for the washout round, we haven't managed more than half a game since October 13," he revealed.

"The boys have almost forgotten how to play and the big surprise from it all is how far up the ladder we're sitting."

Every skipper interviewed since the start of the season has nominated a wariness of Diggers opening up against them and Meakins admits it's frustrating to be forced to shoulder arms so often on sight of raindrops.

"I suppose it can't be helped and the thing is to remain positive and keep believing we can do the business when the opportunity arrives," he said.

Diggers have made changes today with young guns Luke Corlis and Damon Rootes withdrawing because of Bradman Cup commitments out of town.

Nathan Silvy will make a cameo appearance in the top grade with one more name to be added.

A specialist batsman, Meakins is thrilled at his form so far with almost every week producing a century or big scores at the top of the order. "In the early part the wickets are harder and the bats

men seem to be more focused," he said.

"Still, it hasn't stopped good bowlers getting results with four and five-wicket bags still around.

"I hope the high scoring continues for as we've seen in the second Test, big hitting and bats

men who can get runs bring so much interest to the game."

This round will be played over two weekends and in the other game beginning today, luckless Dorrigo will chase its first 2012-13 victory when hosting the Sawtell visit to Rowe Oval.

Coffs Tigers have the bye.

Meanwhile, the representative season continues tomorrow with the Coffs Harbour District XI visited by Lower Clarence.

The match will be played at Richardson Park, Sawtell.

Topics:  park beach bowling club colts, plantation diggers



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