Diggers chase first win
By MITCHELL DALE
RAIN or no rain, Diggers Ex-Services captain Steve Meakins is confident his side can notch its first win of the season today against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Fitzroy Oval.
Colts resume at 1-61, still needing a further 168 runs for first innings points, but yesterday's rain could play into Diggers' hands.
Meakins says his side can get the points regardless of the conditions.
"I'm fairly confident, but I would have been even if it wasn't wet," he said.
"If we can remove Craig (Haworth) early, then it's game on.
"They're obviously not a one-man show, but he is the mainstay.
"We're still a long way from home, but if we can get a couple of early wickets we're a big show, wet or not.
"A wet outfield will slow them down a bit, but it will also wet the ball which won't help our bowlers."
Colts' not out opening batsman Matt Rose said his side would be hindered if rain interfered.
"It won't help us at all," Rose said.
"But I think we should still be right.
"Our lower order has really been stepping up lately.
"Everyone is vying for batting spots so they've all been digging in which is a good sign."
SAWTELL v BELLINGEN
YOU don't need to tell the Sawtell boys that big totals can easily be chased down at Richardson Park.
In round two Sawtell they had it done to them when Coffs Hotel Tigers reeled in their first innings score of 343.
Today, captain Todd Gill wants his side to do bat with the same determination as Tigers showed when they set about chasing Bellingen's 288.
"West Coffs (Tigers) did it to us, there's no reason why we can't do it to Bellingen," Gill said.
"I'm very confident actually, if you can't score runs at Richardson Park, you might as well not be playing."
But Bellingen captain Chris Moran is also full of confidence.
"We can't be complacent because we have a big score, but I'd rather be us than them," Moran said.
"They have some in form batsmen and Kel McMillan always seems to score runs against us."
Sawtell will welcome back veteran opener Chris Neal in place of Jason Hughes who is on representative duty.
COFFS HOTEL TIGERS v NANA GLEN
TIGERS captain-coach Brad Greenshields has turned up the heat on Nana Glen, saying the premiers are under pressure to perform at Brelsford Park today.
Tigers will start the day 3-51 in reply to Nana Glen's 135, but Greenshields dismissed claims his side will be the ones under the pump.
"There is no pressure on us to perform whatsoever," Greenshields said.
"They are the reigning premiers and we are the wooden spooners.
"If we lose to them, we can still walk into the pub with our heads high, but if they lose to us, it is a little embarrassing for the Nana Glen boys."
Greenshields was ready to back his side to victory.
"We'll be right, we've still got some very good batsmen to come," he said.
Nana Glen skipper Andrew Mainey agreed that his side is under some pressure.
"Definitely, they are the wooden spooners and have nothing to lose," Mainey said.
"But, if you look at our position, we have everything to gain as well."
With wet weather looming, Mainey was tipping a wash-out.
"I had a look at the pitch this morning and it was under half an inch of water," he said yesterday.
"That water needs to be gone before they can start preparing a wicket, so it will be hard to bat on if we do play.
"If we get on, we face a tough battle, but if our bowlers tie them down and wait for mistakes, we can do it."