Can?t afford to write-off Diggers
DIGGERS Ex-Services might be sitting on the bottom of the CHDCA table but in a very tight season their victory on Saturday against Bellingen-Dorrigo means that they now sit only a game behind second-placed Nana Glen.
Diggers overcame their batting disasters of the past few weeks to once again surpass the par figure of 200 that captain Steve Meakins sets for them every week.
"I'm pretty happy with our batting," Meakins said with a hint of relief at his team's return to form.
"Obviously the partnership that Pat (Martin) and I had broke their back and when I got out we only needed another 30 to win so I said to the boys 'go out there and tee off and see if we can set them a total'."
The Diggers batsman blasted a lead of 74 but had only 28 overs to pull off an unlikely outright victory.
Pat Martin continued his strong first season in the area to top score with 51 before he was run out but it was the contributions from so many others that pleased Meakins the most.
Opener Brad Guthrie made 30 while Meakins (38), Troy Herbert (39 not out) and Heath Edwards (28) all built the score up to an imposing 249.
"They just took a much more patient approach to their batting this week," the skipper added.
"They've carried on as I asked them to do which I admit I was a bit worried about in the build-up as the boys were talking about winning outright.
"I just said to them 'let's just get the six points first and then we'll carry on from there'."
The Eagles easily managed to avoid the embarrassment of an outright loss with young openers Lloyd Moore and Adam Turner surviving the early danger before Matt Hudson put on a late cameo to make an unbeaten 42 at a strike rate of 114, but by then it was too late.
"Not enough runs were made last week," Belleingen-Dorrigo captain Chris Moran said.
"We lost the game in the first week with the batting track the way it was, the boys know they missed an opportunity big time."
Moran isn't wallowing in defeat though and he can definitely see sunshine coming from behind the dark clouds of losing.
"Our young openers got off to a good start again and if they continue to do the right thing at the top of the order then hopefully the rest will follow."