Little Joe earns his stripes

By GREG WHITE

BELLINGEN-Dorrigo captain Chris Moran believes the Fitzroy Oval curator should apply for the contract to build the Bonville bypass.

"That wicket is flat as a pancake and full of runs," he said.

"We didn't have much trouble scoring there on the weekend.

"Only problem was, our middle order and tailenders got the wobbles."

After putting a total of 175 in the bank, Bello had Diggers Ex-Services at 1-40 by stumps, still 136 runs in arrears of victory.

"The game is still in the balance," Moran said.

"It's a very defendable score."

Diggers boss Steve Meakins was beaming with the performance of his bowlers, particularly 14-year-old leg spinner Joe Willman.

"Both the Joe's (Willman and Mennie) ended up with three wickets apiece," Meakins said happily.

"Against batsman of that calibre, it's pleasing.

"On a flat track you have to keep landing the ball in the right place and they managed the job very well."

With Bello cruising at 1-75, Meakins had some misgivings about the situation.

"Their top order were going too well for my liking," he said.

"But we got the breakthrough from the young guns and kept the pressure up for the rest of the afternoon."

Moran found bittersweet aspects to the efforts of young Willman.

"So this is how he repays me," he laughed.

"I coached Joe in the development program for three years.

"Now he comes out and serves it up to our club.

"Either I taught him too well, or he's a good learner."



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