By GREG WHITE
DESPITE chalking up the first century of the summer, Northern Districts captain Craig Haworth feels the Rebels "didn't bat all that well" in scoring a total of 224 on their trip up the mountain to Dorrigo on Saturday.
"They're still realising this is first grade as some second grade habits are still there," he said.
"Like trying to flog spinners over the fence from the first ball faced it's a dangerous habit and we've got to settle down and be patient."
Haworth belted an even hundred and found support from Sam Davey who contributed 53 before falling to the wiles of the Saker brothers.
But three normally reliable batsmen were sent on their way without scoring and talented teenager Alex Byrne sent an early scare through the camp when dismissed for six in the opening session.
Head destroyer was Adam Turner, who bagged five wickets in the innings including the vital scalp of Haworth, while Dorrigo captain Justin Gilbert continued his brilliant start to the season with 3-33.
Dorrigo sit at 4-48 in reply, a situation Haworth agrees he could do without.
"I guess it's better than being no wicket for the same total but you've got to look rationally at what could happen next weekend if we don't knuckle down," he said.
"All it's going to take is the not out batsman to stick around and we've got a problem. That young Pommy bloke (Johnno Evetts) looks like he wants to stay there as long as he can and if Justin (Gilbert) gets a big knock, we could have our hands full."