Nana Glen back to drawing board
NANA Glen skipper Andrew Mainey admits his side must go back to the drawing board in order to end the alarming form slump which looks set to derail their season.
The defending premiers again failed with the bat on the weekend, crumbling for 132 in reply to Bellingen's 241 at Fitzroy Oval.
Nana Glen are still clinging to equal fourth, but their premiership defence now looks shakier than ever.
"Consistency is what we lack, we have struggled to score over 150 this year," Mainey said.
"Rick Rooney got us off to a good start, but no one really backed him up."
Mainey said other clubs have changed their approach this season to counter Nana Glen's aggressive batting style and believes his side must now look to do the same.
"We are going to have to get back to basics," Mainey says.
"Last year, I think our batting style surprised a lot of teams because they hadn't seen that sort of approach before.
"A lot of them have changed their approach (against Nana Glen), now it is up to us to figure out what what will work for us.
"I think everyone needs to set themselves to get a start and then go after the runs.
"If everyone can get a start and one or two can go on with it, we will post a good score."
While Nana Glen's season hangs in the balance, it's all systems go for Bellingen, who cemented a finals spot with the weekend's victory.
"It's nice to have a finals spot sealed up, we only got there in the last round last season," Bellingen skipper Chris Moran said.
"It would be very nice to get a top two spot now."
Leading up to the weekend, Moran said early wickets were the key, but it was Nana Glen who started strongly, moving to 1-53.
But then Bellingen, led by opener Justin Gilbert (3-48 from 19 overs) and off-spinner Bruce Mills (3-16 from 8.3), clicked into top gear.
"I was a bit concerned for a while, but once we made the first breakthrough we kept the pressure on," Moran said.
"The pitch was totally different to last weekend, it was pretty dead, there was a bit in it for the spinners but nothing for the quicks.
"That probably helped us a bit though, because Nana Glen like to have the ball coming onto them."
Current first grade points table: Sawtell 41, Coffs Hotel Tigers 38, Bellingen 36, Nana Glen 25, Park Beach Bowling Club Colts 25, Diggers Ex-Services 23.