Target is not mission impossible

YOU could easily believe that the Park Beach Bowling Club Colts have been getting themselves motivated for this afternoon's massive run chase against Sawtell by watching Tom Cruise pull off Mission Impossible. Scratch closer to the surface and ask those in the know and the Colts boys will tell you that that scenario is miles from the truth. "No, not at all," said PBBC Colts captain Matt Rose, laughing off the suggestion. "It's probably a bit above average the target and we haven't made that for a while but we've got the conditions to do it at Richardson Park." Chasing down a score of 330 is certainly a big ask but there's a hint of confidence in Rose's voice when he's assessing his team's chances of victory. "I personally don't believe that they've got a great bowling line-up," Rose explained. "It's an honest attack but not great and if you match that with the best batting conditions in the comp and we can still win this." Sawtell's stand-in skipper Kel McMillan believes that although his team is missing the bowling options of David Kennedy, Ben Andrews and Todd Gill, the reigning premiers will still be able to do the job. "The three blokes that have come into the team this year can all bowl," McMillan said. "Simon Bathgate took some wickets last year and expect Matt Oxley and Glen Johnson to be prominent bowlers. "Then we've got the usual suspects in Lawson Jarman and Rick Johnson so we've just got to do what what you can when you play at Richardson Park and that's just put the ball in the right areas and hold on to your catches. "Do that and we shoeld defend 330." n RESUMING at 9-217, Diggers Ex-Services veteran skipper Steve Meakins hopes that tailenders Nigel Tooth and Scott Herbert can add to an already impressive tally with the five overs that Diggers can face at the recommencement of play. "Anything extra is a bonus," Meakins admitted. "I'll just tell the boys to soak up all five overs and if we get another 15 or 20 runs that's great as we're already well placed now." Meakins knows that any score his team makes isn't necessarily enough against the renowned power hitting that Nana Glen possess but he believes that it provides a great test for his bowling line-up. "We've just got to bowl in the zone," he explained. "If we can make them hit straight instead of the usual across the line then we can force the error." This afternoon's run chase provides Nana Glen with a chance to let the competition know that this year they're prepared to stick around and make some big scores. "We need to get back to what we're trying to do," their captain Andrew Mainey said. "On a wicket as flat as Fitzroy Oval is at the moment, there's no reason why we can't track down a score of about 230." n COFFS Hotel Tigers' captain Brad Greenshields is confident of victory against Bellingen-Dorrigo but knows there are some batsman that his team must be wary of. "Normally 227 will win you a game of cricket in this town but if we let guys like Jordan Moran and Justin Gilbert get away from us we might be in trouble," he said. "We just need to get in there and do the job and hopefully we're a bit more switched on than we were last week." When play starts today at Brelsford Park, the Eagles from the newly combined team will be resuming on 0-4



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