Colts in the driver?s seat
By GREG WHITE
MATT Rose is always expansive when talking up the prospects of his young Park Beach Bowling Club Colts.
So it's surprising when the Colts skipper goes all conservative, especially as the early season strugglers are within striking distance of collecting another notable scalp.
"Yes, I know another 77 runs and a full day to get them doesn't sound like much, but anything can happen on the day," Rose cautioned.
Colts skittled Nana Glen for 141 on a sluggish Brelsford Park wicket with Andrew Murray scooping up five wickets.
"The slump was predictable in the circumstances," Nana Glen captain Andrew Mainey said.
"Half a team missing, results in no pressure on the top order, or anywhere else, for that matter."
When told Rose was being coy about next week's resumption, Mainey seized the opportunity to keep the pressure on.
"Matty's right to be concerned," he said.
"If we can hit back quickly by getting Craig Howarth out, their batting cupboard suddenly becomes very bare.
Both clubs have vested interests in tonight's crucial meeting when appeals against the stripping of points from Diggers and Colts will be considered.
Rose is confident the appeal will be allowed while Mainey is just as adamant the status quo relating to the registrations rules should apply.
"If we lose out, the current top four are just about in the semis no matter how many times we knock them over," he said.
"Rules are rules,and everybody knows them," Mainey hit back.