Pressure on Nana Glen
NANA Glen's player depth will face the acid test this weekend, when the reigning champions take on Sawtell at Fitzroy Oval minus five regular first-graders.
Among those unavailable for today's one-day clash are opening batsmen Matt Andrews and Rick Rooney, captain Andrew Mainey, wicket keeper Aaron Jones and opening bowler Nathan Seccomb, while fellow new-ball bowler Trent Jones has an ankle injury.
However, stand-in skipper Brett Walsh is confident the patched-up Nana Glen side can get the points.
"It is a chance for the second grade players to step up and I think they will do well," Walsh said
"The one-day game will suit us better than the twodayer, I think we should go alright."
Sawtell captain Todd Gill was pleased to hear of Nana Glen's player shortage, but admitted his side still faced a big task.
"One dayers certainly suit Nana Glen's (batting) style, they're not afraid to hit the ball," Gill said.
"There is a bit of pressure on our bowlers, but I reckon they will be up to it."
Sawtell will also be below full strength, with Kel McMillan, Greg Piper and Nick Col- lett all missing.
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Tigers captain-coach Brad Greenshields says his troops are now well versed in the ancient art of Indian accent imitations and will be relentless in their banter in the field today.
"The mood around the club has picked up a lot since the first-round win, so much so that everyone is now speaking fluent Indian wicket-keeper," Greenshields joked.
"I am sure there will be a lot of Indian impersonations going on, if the opposition get put off by 11 blokes entertaining themselves, then they're going to get annoyed."
On a serious note, Greenshields expects Diggers to come out firing after an embarrassing first-round loss.
"Diggers have a lot of experienced cricketers who take pride in their performances and I am sure they will be out to atone for the first round," he said.
Diggers captain Steve Meakins said his side will be boosted by the knowledge they defeated Tigers when the two teams last met.
"We beat them last year and I am sure that will be in the back of our minds and theirs," Meakins said.
"We were one bowler down in the first round, but we have Don Grant back this week, which will be a boost.
"I think the one day game will suit us, we have a lot of players who tend to get on with the job when they are batting."
BELLINGEN v PARK BEACH
BOWLING CLUB COLTS
COLTS will be out to end a hoodoo when they meet Bellingen today.
A few summers have passed since Colts last travelling home from Bellingen with a win under their belts, a fact not lost on Bellingen captain Chris Moran.
"It is a trend we hope will continue," Moran said.
However, Moran dismissed the notion that playing on a synthetic wicket is an advantage to his side.
"People say they aren't experienced on synthetic, but they train on it every week," he said.
Colts captain Craig Haworth predicts the runs will flow thick and fast today.
"Knowing the way Bellingen bats, we are going to need about 230 if we bat first," Haworth said.
"In the field, we will need to take early wickets, it is a big field so it's hard to stop a side once they get on a roll."