Lizards flat out
THE Lizards from Nana Glen were flat out drinking a toast to good fortune on Saturday night after squeaking home narrowly against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Brelsford Park.
Chasing a tiny target of 118, last seasons grand finalists looked in deadly danger when their innings trembled on 5-36, before Trent Jones and a pair of Wear's came out to steady the ship.
"Yeah, we scraped home, all right," skipper Matt Andrews admitted after his team reached a final total of 123 in the 50th over.
"Troy and Robbie Wear got us runs down the order when things looked grim and the cameo of 22 from Trent (Jones) helped get us over the line.
"Winning that match was vitally important and just about puts us into the semis."
With Daniel Fuller and Andrew Murray tripping up the roster of highly-credentialled batsman, Andrews agrees a lot of improvements have to be made ? and, quickly.
Of some concern is the form of potential match-winner Andrew Mainey, who continued his run of outs, being dismissed for two.
"Maybe, he's trying risky shots too early in the innings," Andrews said.
"If he's patient in getting his eye-in, he'll fire.
"We certainly need him back in form for the playoffs."
While having their wind-down drink, Andrews said his teams top topic of conversation was the need to get 'fair dinkum' at training.
"There's a lot of work to do, no doubt about it," Andrews said.
"It may be an old cliche but the players have to knuckle down and have a consistent dig.
"Our bowling and fielding can't be faulted but every one of us has to contribute a lot more to get the run chase over 200 in the innings."
Nana Glen travel next to Richardson Park to face competition leaders Sawtell with winning mandatory to consolidate their place in the 'four'.