Chasing leather

DIGGERS Ex-Services spent Saturday afternoon chasing leather to all parts of Brelsford Oval as Nana Glen wracked up a massive 9-333 on day one of the inaugural Lachlan Dew Shield match.

As we have come to expect from Nana Glen, almost half their runs came from boundaries.

The premiers found the boundary 31 times and cleared it seven as the Diggers bowlers' figures took a pummeling.

"It wasn't a bad effort, especially considering we lost our two openers early," Nana Glen captain Andrew Mainey said.

What an understatement.

At 2-5, Nana Glen's premiership defence was hardly off to a flier.

But the premiers' immense batting depth soon became apparent.

Half centuries by Mark Haworth (61), Mick Britton (64), Mainey (51) and Damien Elks (59), along with 44 from Brett Walsh, meant Diggers early success was short-lived.

Mainey entertained the idea of a declaration late in the day, but instead opted to give his batsmen extra time at the crease.

"We would have been happy with 270 and late in the day thought about declaring and having 10 overs at them," he said.

"But I wanted to give a couple of the guys down the order the chance to see the ball and get some match practice."

While Diggers will have one hell of a job trying to reel in the required target, captain Steve Meakins is ready to give it a red-hot go.

"It is obviously a big task, but it is still gettable," he said.

"All of our top four are going to need to get good runs and one will probably need to reach triple figures."

While he would have wanted to chase a few less runs, say about 100, Meakins wasn't too upset by his side's performance.

"It was a big day at the office, but I didn't think we did too much wrong," he said.

"We dropped a couple of catches, but apart from that it wasn't too bad.

"It was a very good batting wicket and the guys all gave 100 percent, so I can't be too disappointed."

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