Nana Glen?s marathon man

Nana Glen opening bowler Trent Jones was been feeling stiffness in muscles he didn't previously know existed this week after sending down an incredible 39 overs last weekend in club and representative cricket

After taking 3-71 in 29 overs for Nana Glen on Saturday, Jones backed up on Sunday for Coffs Harbour first XI against Lower Clarence, taking 0-8 from 10 miserly overs.

"I was very sore, I could hardly move early in the week," he said yesterday.

"I usually take all week to recover after a big weekend of bowling and I am still sore today.

"I went to training (on Wednesday), but I didn't do much.

"Hopefully I will be right on Saturday."

With Nana Glen facing a shortage of bowlers last Saturday, Jones knew he would need to do plenty of bowling.

But he never expected to bowl 29 overs.

"I kept looking over at Andrew (Mainey, Nana Glen captain) and giving him the nod, saying that I wanted to come off," Jones said.

"He just kept saying 'one more over'... he did it about nine or ten times.

"I don't think I bowled that many overs all of last season."

Jones was then handed the new ball in Coffs Harbour's inter-district representative match at Yamba the next day.

"I ended up bowling my ten overs straight, if I stopped I wouldn't have been able to bowl again," he said.

While Jones' 39 overs only cost him 79 runs, he would have liked to end up with more than just the three scalps he secured on Saturday.

"I was very happy to keep the runs down, but the amount of wickets wasn't too flash," he said.

"But that's the story of my bowling career."

Last season Jones was considered one of the unluckiest bowlers in the first grade competition, before finally being rewarded for his efforts in the finals series with a string of five-wicket hauls.

"Hopefully I can pick up a few more wickets in the finals again," he said.

Nana Glen are going to need Jones firing on all cylinders tomorrow when they meet Park Beach Bowling Club Colts in a replay of last year's grand final.

With the two sides sharing fourth spot on the ladder, a loss this weekend could mean curtains for 2004-5.

"It's a very important match for us, but I am sure we will put it all together," Jones said.

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