By GREG WHITE
FOR all their brave talk during the last seven days odds were the Bellingen 'babes' would be 'lambs to the slaughter' when they went out to bat against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Fitzroy Oval on Saturday.
A first innings total of 347 is an almighty run chase for a seasoned side ? let alone a team with a handful of veterans and a bunch of kids who've barely started to shave.
And that's not to mention a whole week to think about the daunting task ahead.
Right from the start veteran coach Chris Moran was pointing out the priority.
"Forget chasing a big score," he counselled.
"Concentrate on staying out in the middle for as long as possible."
No folks, there isn't a happy ending to the tale.
PBBC Colts were untroubled to win - but didn't Bello make everybody sit up and take notice.
"The deck was as good as I've seen at Fitzroy and no wonder Bello managed to get among the runs," Colts opener Matt Rose offered in praise.
"We made a change and used five pace bowlers but they stood their ground."
Bellingen batted on till late afternoon for their 211 with wicketkeeper James Brownlee producing 44 while Nick Hopper batting at five belted a sparkling 66 after being dropped on 30.
"They might have been lucky to pick up some freebies after our mistake but we're really pleased with the effort," Rose said.
"The fielding was especially good and sharp."
Rose followed up his knock of 41 by taking three catches after the changeover while.
"There's a good vibe in the squad and we've now proved it's going to be a very good year," he said.