IT doesn’t matter who wins this weekend’s cricket grand final – it will herald the breaking of a drought.
That may seem an odd statement to make considering the amount of cricket that has been disrupted by rain this summer but the fact of the matter is it’s been a long time between premiership drinks for both Diggers Ex-Services and the Park Beach Bowling Club (PBBC) Colts.
The Diggers boys last won the major premiership way back in 1994-95 while the Colts last victory was even further back. It has been 21 years since the Colts last tasted premiership glory – so long ago that the club was known as Plantation Colts back then.
Diggers’ captain Stephen Meakins was a member of the last premiership but he admits that is probably time that he played in another one.
“We’re pretty hungry to break that one,” he said.
One thing that will be going against the minor premiers is the fact that the team hasn’t played a game of cricket for over a month.
Meakins admits that it’s not a perfect lead-in to a grand final but he says that his boys haven’t been dormant over that period.
“Obviously we’re a little bit match cold but the boys have been training pretty well,” he said.
“We’ve had quite a few sessions out at the indoor centre on ball machines and that sort of jazz. That’s different to centre wicket stuff but they’ve certainly been working.”
The Colts on the other hand had a good workout last weekend in Dorrigo when they won their final to qualify for this weekend’s big dance.
Colts skipper Chris Moran said the win was a good confidence builder but it was a win built on a good old-fashioned cricket theory.
“Valuing our wicket and partnerships was the key,” Moran said.
“We looked through the scorebook and at no time last week did we lose two wickets in a row. There was always at least six or seven overs between wickets which helps. Craig (Haworth) anchored the whole lot batting through but everyone else did their bit as well.”
Meakins agrees that tried and true theories generally win you grand finals although the one he’s concentrating on at this stage has more to do with performances in the field rather than how the team handle the bat.
“At the end of the day if you take your chances you win cricket matches,” Meakins said.
“The same applied in both of our matches against Colts this year. They’re going to be fairly confident having beaten us twice this year but when it really comes down to it we had opportunities on both of those occasions to win both of those matches and failed to take them.
“That’s what it boils down to. If their batsmen like Haworth or Parmenter snick one and you catch it, you win the game. It’s pretty simple, catches win matches.”
GRAND FINAL TEAMS
|DIGGERS EX-SERVICES|| |
|Stephen Meakins|| |
|Glen Kesby|| |
|Alex Byrne|| |
|James Bellamy|| |
|Joe Willman|| |
|Steven Harris|| |
|Neil Lollback|| |
|Martyn Kelleher|| |
|Terry Herbert|| |
|Sam Anderson|| |
|Sam Davey|| |
|Colin Coombes|| |
Match played at Coffs Coast Sport & Leisure Park.
Play starts at 12.00pm today and tomorrow.