?I could play this team with one hand?: Diggers? Joe Mennie on his way to equal top-scoring with 42.
?I could play this team with one hand?: Diggers? Joe Mennie on his way to equal top-scoring with 42.

Lizards battle back

By GREG WHITE

WHEN Nana Glen walked onto Brelsford Park with just 10 men against a strong Diggers Ex-Services batting lineup, captain Matt Andrews admits he felt the Lizards were "up against it".

At 4pm, as he left to attend a wedding leaving eight behind under deputy Andrew Mainey, his apprehension continued to grow.

"Diggers were ticking over on the scoreboard and the last thing I expected was Andrew to ring me up to say they were all out for 159," Andrews said.

"Mind you, we only made 3-58 by stumps but overall, we're in a far better position than I hoped for when play began."

All-rounder Mainey ripped through the top order before cleaning up the tail, finishing with five wickets for the match.

"It was a fantastic effort," Andrews said, "and he'll be much more important next week when he goes out to bat.

"He was bowling tight and moving the ball both ways in the air...on his day he can do anything and the 'five for' will really boost his confidence."

Diggers reached 3-83 at one stage but after losing as many wickets, Andrews thinks his team's position compares well.

"We gave them leeway by dropping seven catches, so in retrospect, they got away with it fairly generously," he said.

"Damien Elks is off to a start with 27 not out and from here it's a matter of knuckling down and grinding it out.

"There's a whole day in front of us to do it and I'm reasonably confident we can come through to take this one."

Equal top-scorers for Diggers were James Bellamy and Joe Mennie with 42 runs each while in reply, the menacing presence of Terry Herbert has already been felt.

The veteran maestro waited till the 26th minute to strike when he combined with wicketkeeeper Roger Oates to remove 'first drop' batsman Scott Morgan on six.



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