Barrington makes most of his ?life
By GREG WHITE
BIG hitting opener Chris Barrington cracked the first 'conventional' century of the summer on Saturday, setting an almighty task for Bellingen when play resumes next weekend.
A fortnight after Glen Johnson battled his way to 211 for Sawtell, Barrington belted 148 of Coffs Hotel Tigers' 7-337 taking his season aggregate to 327 runs with a average of 109.
But if Bellingen's fielding had been sharper, maybe all those handsome equations would be purely academic.
"We dropped a sitter off Chris when he was on seven and then put him down twice more in his innings," Bello all-rounder Chris Moran admitted.
"Take him out of contention and the total might have been different but that still doesn't mean we performed with distinction in the field."
Apart from the three mishaps handling Barrington, Bellingen dropped three further chances that allowed other Tiger batsman to feast on the bowlers.
Brad Munro continued his purple patch with the bat for a stylish 63 while Peter Bayley contributed 51 not out to the total.
"The bowlers gave it everything but if we'd been more alert, the story could have been different," Moran said.
"There are plenty of runs to be had in that wicket (Fitzroy Oval) and we must find them when we bat to keep our season alive."
Like every match this season, Moran shows no sign of surrender.
When asked what would be the key to survival in seven days, he replied: "They scored 337, we score 338.
"If we stay at the crease and bat out the day, we can do it."