Opener James Bellamy takes a painful hit to the breadbasket on his way to an unbeaten 57 for Diggers.
Opener James Bellamy takes a painful hit to the breadbasket on his way to an unbeaten 57 for Diggers.

England swings and misses

By GREG WHITE

IT seems the Poms can't take a trick.

With Ashes misfortune the travelling companion of the England team, Windsor Boys School came to Coffs Harbour on Friday with high hopes of restoring national pride against Diggers Ex-services under-19's.

"When the visitors reached first drinks on 80 and then 100 without loss, I thought we might be chasing a score around 350," Diggers coach Mark Bellamy said.

"But Joe Willman finally got rid of that bloke Sheikh and the wickets began to tumble, making me feel a whole lot better."

The tall Windsor opener belted 70 in quick time - including seven boundaries and a six - before holing out to a waiting Brendan Murphy.

With his departure the tourists batting order collapsed alarmingly with no-one from the last eight to walk to the crease breaking double figures.

"Our bowlers were pretty wayward in their opening spells but lifted after the breakthrough," Bellamy said.

"Joe Mennie made life hell with the sheer pace of his deliveries and while he didn't crack an early wicket, came back to clean up the tail."

Joe Willman also bagged a pair of wickets but the coach saved most praise for Sam Turner.

"Sammy's just a little bloke but he tries his heart out," he said.

Diggers needed just 38 overs to overtake Windsor with opener James Bellamy and middle-order batsman Tom Bishop both cracking unbeaten half centuries.

"We had some hiccups early but once Tommy came out the scoring picked up and we got home with a bit to spare," coach Bellamy said.

"This experience will really help the boys in their club careers."

The win gave Diggers a friendly but firm grip on the Fitzroy Cup.

In three meetings between the sides, Windsor are still looking for their first victory, just like their senior counterparts.



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