By GREG WHITE
AFTER one match with Coffs Hotel Tigers, paceman Peter Bayley admits surprise at his speedy elevation to the district's representative team.
"Plenty of people have seen me play in Sydney grade and know what I can do," Bayley points out.
"Still, it's a bit of a shock to hit the mark so quickly."
A right arm medium/fast bowler, Bayley returned 5-24 against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts in his maiden outing for the Tigers.
His eight overs against Manning River last Sunday gave figures of 3-20, proving vital in the wash up after a washout gave victory to Coffs Harbour.
Before arriving in town, Bayley plied his trade with the famous Randwick-Petersham club in the tough Sydney grade competition.
"Former players are always quick to support and encourage new blood," Bayley remembered.
"During my ten years in grade, people like Michael Whitney and Graeme Hughes were always there with words of advice.
"Team mates included Simon Kadich and Richard Chee Quee, the sort of blokes you learn from."
With a career best return of 6-29, Bayley enjoyed his time with the bat.
"Specialist batsmen mean you don't get the same opportunities up the order," he said.
"But I did manage a 79 with a couple of 50's and 60's.
"There were quite a few not out's in there so it does improve your average."
Ironically, Randwick team mate Daryl Parmenter has continued the association with Tigers.
"Daryl is outstanding and I believe the team is really putting it together," he said.
While primarily a bowler, Bayley relishes the opportunity to bat.
"There's a bit of pressure going up the order but you learn to handle it.
"While holding up and end is important, building partnerships will get us into a prominent position for the finals."