Being careful not to run on the wicket, Diggers Ex-Services opener James Bellamy prepares to cross over.
Being careful not to run on the wicket, Diggers Ex-Services opener James Bellamy prepares to cross over.

Diggers hit paydirt

By GREG WHITE

DIGGERS Ex-Services will take an early season share of the premiership lead with their weekend rivals after dominating Nana Glen at Brelsford Park on Saturday.

Sent in for the first turn at batting, the Diggers order fired on all cylinders to deliver a handsome return of 4-230 before striking more gold with the ball following the changeover.

"That wasn't just a good day," Diggers captain Steve Meakins grinned, "it was a very good day.

"In fact it was brilliant from every angle you look at it."

Having opener Jim Bellamy hold his ground for 40 overs and a solid 43, set up the Diggers victory.

"Jim played a brilliant anchor role", Meakins remarked.

"Being steady at the top allowed us to support him and keep the scoring moving along at a good rate."

Lincoln Tucker and Brett Dart chipped in with handy contributions while Meakins delivered an unbeaten 73.

But cricket is a funny game.

The batsmen may be the glamorous face of the sport, yet the bowlers have an uncanny knack of stealing the spotlight.

"I don't think Nana Glen were quite prepared for what the bowling attack had in store for them," Meakins chuckled.

At 5-19, Nana Glen must have known they were in trouble.

With the last batsman walking towards a scoreboard showing a total of 105 and a dozen overs remaining, their suspicions were confirmed.

Troy Herbert and Dave Smith were chief architects of the destruction with both boasting figues of 3-11 while Don Grant wasn't far adrift with 4-19 against his name.

"We've been pretty quiet about our long term chances because it's only early days," Meakins said.

"But I think that win was something to take notice of and sets us up nicely for next weekend's hit out against Bellingen."



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