One miss and it?s over
By GREG WHITE
BELLINGEN will long remember their one dramatic mistake from Saturday's tussle with Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park.
Dropping a catch off the first ball of the Colts innings proved fatal with opener Selwyn Manz shrugging off his little moment of drama and going on to belt a match-altering 74 runs.
"Selwyn sauntered out in his usual fashion and gave us a scare with that first delivery," Colts skipper Matt Rose remembered.
"But if it worried him, he didn't show it and spent the next 20 minutes driving the ball all over the ground.
"He's the kind of player who can get out cheaply or take a bowling attack apart without it looking like an effort, and that's what he did this time."
Manz also contributed in the field with two wickets and while his batting cameo was sensational, it was the ability of the Colts' bowlers to slow down Bellingen's scoring opportunities that really put the icing on the cake.
"We had the worst of the heatwave conditions when we were in the field," Rose remarked.
"Craig Haworth took two Bello wickets in his first two overs and their scoring started to slow up.
"Then 'Kiwi' (Andrew Murray) came on with spin and the other blokes hardly seemed to be moving at all."
Bellingen opener Chris Moran was in full agreement but added another item for consideration as to the reason for his team's woes.
"Losing the openers so quickly had us on the back foot from the start," he said.
"Then we slowed down our momentum trying to consolidate and found it hard to really get cracking with partnerships at the top of the order.
"Eventually, the middle order started to make progress but it was never going to be our day."
Moran said the stifling heat had contributed to their lacklustre performance, while the slow outfield hadn't helped the run chase.
"It's another week where we've played well in some aspects and poorly in others," he said.
"If we all click together at least once this season, we'll manage to get that one win we need to make the year worthwhile."
Veteran Gavin Brown made a return to first grade and Moran said his presence was another factor in motivating his young charges.
For Rose, the win was another step in the right direction.
"It keeps us chugging along and puts us in a good frame of mind when we take on Sawtell next weekend," he said.