Rep team ready to make most of second chance
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE rain may have saved Coffs Harbour last weekend in their abandoned inter-district cricket final against Lower Clarence but skipper Todd Gill thinks this week will be another story.
"Last week was a very big wake-up call for us, I think," he said.
"For a lot of the guys we went out there with the attitude that it was just another game of cricket and we probably were going through the motions."
Starting last week as raging hot favourites, Lower Clarence reached 4-128 after only 28 overs to have the local team concerned about chasing a big total before the rain brought an abrupt halt to proceedings.
In tomorrow's replay, Gill is certain that the team will have learnt their lesson.
"The attitude has to be not to take them too lightly," he added. "A couple of their batsman chipped the ball over the field a bit and the ball just didn't land in our court."
One thing the skipper believes that is in his team's favour in the build-up to tomorrow's final is the inclusion of Ben Andrews and Brad Guthrie into the team.
The pair will make a direct swap with last week's new ball pair of Peter Bayley and Joe Mennie and Gill can't wait to unleash them on the unsuspecting Lower Clarence batting line-up.
"I should think they'll make a huge difference. Last week Joe Mennie actually scared a couple of their blokes and these guys are quicker.
"We should be able to put a bit of fear back into them."
Selected team: Todd Gill (capt.), Ben Andrews, Hugh Campbell, Ben Davis, Damien Elks, Brad Guthrie, Glen Johnson, Simon Landrigan, Mickey Lawrence, Pat Martin, Matt Secomb.
nTHE second last round of Coffs Harbour cricket starts this afternoon and there are some very interesting clashes as teams chase down a spot in the final four.
Sawtell have already locked their poisition in the finals away as they have wrapped up the minor premiership by the length of the Flemington straight and victory this round in the two-day affair with Diggers Ex-Services could knock Diggers right out of the finals race.
Coffs Hotel Tigers and Park Beach Bowling Club Colts are both sharing fourth position and their clash at Brelsford Park could make or break their season, while Bellingen-Dorrigo and Nana Glen are both looking to wrap up second spot on the table with a victory at Bellingen's Connell Park.