Smith, Herbert rescue Diggers
By GREG WHITE
THE cricketing contest at Fitzroy Oval is balanced on a knife edge after Diggers Ex-Services were dismissed for 178 and Coffs Hotel Tigers progressed to 7-106 by stumps on the weekend.
At one stage, Diggers looked in desperate trouble at 4-12 before a fighting 61 from David Smith and 75 off the bat of Troy Herbert rescued their innings.
Tigers welcomed back Brad Greenshields after a six month 'retirement', their second bonus in a week following the return of Mickey Lawrence.
The former captain-coach had the misfortune of sending down a wide with his comeback delivery and having Troy Herbert belt another over the fence for six.
But he did contribute 15 with the bat and chipped in for two wickets, all part of a marathon 24 hours that included his game with Tigers, a round trip to the 'Gabba' for the international one-dayer, a three-hour radio show and precious little sleep.
"I'm still in pain," he groaned, but still not in as much pain as team-mates Chris Barrington and Hugh Campbell.
Both were struck on the toe and both retired hurt.
"It must have been a shocker with Barro as he's always taking something for the pain before playing on," Greenshields said.
A sustained bowling attack from Brad Munro and Ben Webb almost brought Diggers unstuck before the innings rallied.
"Munro and Webb went right through their top order," Greenshields said.
"I don't want to speak for (Diggers captain) Steve Meakins but on that good a wicket, he'd be shattered not to have finished on a couple of hundred, or better."
Tigers will continue next Saturday with not out batsmen Matt Secomb and Stuart Dixon occupying the crease.