Early Christmas present for Diggers
By GREG WHITE
DIGGERS Ex-Services have moved six points clear on the premiership table after Saturdays emphatic win over Bellingen at Brelsford Park.
"Coming up to Christmas it's a very good position to be in," captain Steve Meakins said.
"Our only loss came when we were down on bowling strength and when we have everyone right and raring to go, I'm confident we'll take some holding out."
Away in Brisbane for the first Ashes Test, Meakins left the reins of power in the hands of key batsman Roger Oates.
"I had a good talk with Roger after the match and he told me the James Brownlee run out was the key factor that turned the game in our favour," he said.
Bellingen rival Chris Moran also had a good talk with a batsman ? and it was with that man, Brownlee.
"We had a few words with James," Moran said with some understatement.
"I think it's something like the third time in four innings he's been dismissed in that fashion and he needs to use more judgement in his running between wickets."
Moran joined Shaun Weick and for a time looked likely to rescue the day but when Terry Herbert removed Weick with the tally sitting on 85 runs, the inevitable was on the horizon.
"The rest of the innings was a steady procession," Moran groaned.
"We did some very silly things and invented a stack of new ways to get out."
Chasing outright victory, Diggers returned to the crease and notched up four declared for 83 before recalling Bellingen.
"I think we might have been a little optimistic to think we could get them out with 24 overs remaining," Meakins commented, and Moran was strongly in agreement.
"We had time to impress the necessity of staying in the middle and while we lost two wickets, there was no capitulation," he said.
Star of the Diggers show was veteran bowler Terry Herbert who continued his sparkling form with a return of 5-17 from the first innings and 1-1 in the second, off a mere 22 overs.