Moran century boosts Bellingen
BELLINGEN captain Chris Moran is a happy man with his side in a prime position against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Brelsford Park.
Bellingen posted their highest score of the season ? 305 ? with the Colts to resume at 0/2 on Saturday.
"I was concerned ahead of the game with four of our regular first graders out," Moran said.
"The guys that were there knew they had to stand up."
Opener Jordan Moran was the mainstay with his 111, achieving his century at tea.
"He's had some starts this year but he hasn't been able to go on with it," Moran said.
"Obviously it was a very pleasing innings from him.
"It was a performance we knew we were capable of and we should be able to do it each game with the batting line-up we do have.
"It proved our guys down the order can contribute to a high total."
Bellingen's Adam Hudson made a welcome return to cricket this season following two hernia operations with his 40 runs.
"We need to play our normal game and imagine were defending only 150 or 180, and not sit back and think 305 can get us there," Moran said.
"That's the secret."
The Colts Matt Rose conceded his team had a big job ahead of them.
"Hopefully weather permitting we get the same conditions as they did and give it a good shot," Rose said.
"On that wicket, we're due for a high score, so we want to see if we can make a game of it.
"I thought our guys tried hard but Jordan (Moran) was too good on the day. He batted really well for his quickfire century.
"I thought we did well to bowl the team on that wicket.
"The score didn't indicate how good a game it was.
"The wicket was the flattest I've seen it, so whoever won the toss would have had the advantage big time."