Colts flex muscles in early season show of strength
By GREG WHITE
THE scoreboard finished one-sided but both Park Beach Bowling Club Colts and Bellingen teams went home satisfied with their day at Fitzroy Oval on Saturday.
Colts timed the opening day of the cricketing summer to perfection, batting till stumps for an impressive 347 and justifying their new-found ranking as competition front-runners.
"The batsmen fired right down the list with not a weakness," opener Matt Rose said cheerfully.
"Club spirit's on a high and the bowlers can't wait to dig in next weekend."
Captain Craig Haworth included six boundaries in a polished 62 with three others in the top order falling just short of half centuries.
But if you think the new-look Bellingen team of fresh-faced debutantes went home discouraged ? think again.
"The kids loved the experience and were buzzing from the effort," veteran all-rounder Chris Moran said.
"At the end of play we sat them all down to explain the specifics of what was their downfall and instead of being downhearted they were lapping it up.
"They knew in advance they'd be blooded in a pressure situation and, from what I saw, these young blokes will be in this competition for the long haul."
One facet that did require explanation was a high sundries total that included 14 wides.
"They were asked to bowl tight but got a little wayward at times," Moran laughed.
"Next week will be tough when they head to the middle but we won't be going out there for record scores.
"The aim will be to occupy the crease and hang around for as much of the day as possible."
When Colts take up the ball, they'll also have their instructions.
"We'll set the bowlers targets to restrict the Bellingen scoring," Rose predicted.
"An ideal total would be around 120 or so, if they take no prisoners.
"Nobody's getting carried away from one day of play as it's a bloody long season and is going to get tougher."
Rose was also full of praise for the 'Bello babes'.
"Gee, all of them gave it a fair crack," he said admiringly.
"Colts know what it's like to rebuild and if those young blokes keep trying their guts out, they'll make it."