New season underway
This is the first report from the Coffs Harbour Cricket Association publicity officer Matt Rose who will keep us up-to-date each week with cricket news on the local, national and international scene.
LAST weekend officially marked the start of cricket in Coffs Harbour as well as most parts of Australia.
In the first grade competition, all six teams were back and we would like to officially welcome all new players and the rest of the boys who are hotly contesting this year's prize.
As per last year, the wickets are first class and with a hot summer ahead I expect a lot of runs being scored.
Also there are wickets to be had for the bowlers, if they are consistent and patient.
There were six half centuries scored on the weekend and one five-wicket haul.
Congratulations to Michael Lawrence, the teenage West Coffs leg spinner who claimed five Bellingen scalps for 38 runs in 11 overs.
This was a great effort for the conditions and in my opinion he was the player of the week.
On an educational point, it was noticeable that he claimed three lbw's to consecutive batsmen which is a rarity in Coffs Harbour cricket.
One batsman was left-handed and two were right-handed which suggests that he must have got perfect control out of the fingers.
This alone changed the game somewhat for his side.
In the lower grades it was pleasing to see Jeremy Few from PBBC Colts second grade side claim four wickets against Sawtell at Richardson Park.
He hasn't played in 13 years and is a great example for anyone who wants to come down and have a go.
Internationally, it was great to see Australia wrap up the First Test against India in Bangalore.
Michael Clarke's debut 151 was a highlight although without putting too much pressure on the 23-year-old does not surprise me, due to him being a one-in-a-million cricketer.
However, Australia are not underestimating the Indians and there is plenty of cricket left in this series with the Second Test kicking off in Chenai yesterday.
Good luck to Shane Warne who is two wickets away from being the greatest wicket taker in cricket history, for the moment anyway.
To all local players, good luck for the second half of the first round and also to the young Kanga cricketers and juniors that start this Saturday with the under 10s to start the following week.