Diggers? captain left in the dark

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

IT'S the same story every year it seems.

The Coffs Hotel Tigers playing against Diggers Ex-Services in a one-day match at Brelsford Park just before daylight saving kicks in.

For the last two years this has been the situation and on both occasions the matches ended in virtual darkness.

Diggers' captain Steve Meakins isn't a renowned betting man but his instincts tell him that that a sense of deja vu could hit him at around 5.30 this afternoon.

"Looking at the sky today (Friday) I'd say it will happen again," he joked.

"If I had to put money on it I'd be more than happy to part with it."

All jokes aside though, Meakins is confident that the way his team is travelling, al ate finish shouldn't even be an issue against the Tigers.

"My guys are going well simply because they're training well," he said enthusiastically.

"We've had everyone there every time and it's tremendous. The feeling among the boys is good and we've stepped up a cog.

"We've been going through the motions for too long with training and something had to be done about it. Simon Willman has come on board as coach this year and he's been putting in some fielding drills on Friday's that have been working and things are moving well in the training camp at the moment."

n LAST summer there was a glut of one-day cricket throughout the season and the grand final was played between Sawtell and Nana Glen.

Is this the reason that these two teams go into today's one-day matches as favourites?

Both sides have carried the tag of being the best exponents in town of the shortened format and that reputation could be built further this afternoon in their respective clashes.

Sawtell take on a strong PBBC Colts line-up for the first match on the new Sport and Leisure Park wicket next door to the Stadium while Nana Glen will be looking to make it two wins on the trot to start the season when they take on the young but enthusiastic Bellingen outfit at Fitzroy Oval.



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