By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE fact that the Park Beach Bowling Club Colts recorded an outright victory against Nana Glen raised a few eyebrows when the news reached the cricketing grapevine but Colts' top scorer Craig Haworth believes people should take his team more seriously.
"We're playing some pretty good cricket I reckon," he said defiantly.
"Even in that Bello game that we lost, if we had have caught Gilbert when he was on four we would've won.
"We've got a good bowling line-up and we're fielding better than most sides.
"The enthusiasm in the group is a whole lot better than last year and the few players that we have brought up into first grade are showing some good signs."
Haworth made a solid half-century that steered the Colts to a 65-run lead against a Nana Glen line-up that was depleted due to Matt Andrews tying the knot on Saturday.
Haworth received solid support from Sam Hardes (28) and later Brendan Ralph who made a quick 38 when the Colts were chasing quick runs to set Nana Glen a target.
Leading by only 65, Haworth was still confident that his team would get the maximum points.
"I expected to roll them but not as quickly as we did," he said.
"It was just one of those days that wherever I put the fieldsman, a catch would go there two balls later and every bowling change that was made got a wicket."
Nana Glen crumbled within only 24 overs to be all out for 52 handing the Colts the first outright victory of the season.
For Haworth it was sweet justice after having their appeal for a loss of points due to unregistered players rejected.
"We might have lost nine points on Monday but we got them back on Saturday."