Three wickets or 18 runs



BELLINGEN captain Chris Moran admits his side has 'a few dinosaurs' running around, but believes their experience will be crucial when round one of the CHDCA continues today.

Bellingen's clash with Coffs Hotel Tigers is shaping as the closest match of the round, with Tigers resuming at 7-114 in reply to Bellingen's 132.

Moran believes the pressure-cooker situation in the first half-hour could favour his experienced side against the young Tiger cubs.

"It's a tricky situation, we have got to bowl tightly, but at the same time we need to take wickets," he said.

"Even though they have all day to score 20 runs, if we cut off the runs, pressure will build on them.

"The match is finely balanced, so our experience should be helpful."

However Coffs Hotel Tigers captain-coach Brad Greenshields was not just looking at first innings points, he was eyeing an outright result.

"I don't want them to score 19, I want them to score 119 so we can get a good lead and put them back in," he said.

"We need to be aggressive this season in order to get results."

Moran agreed maximum points are on offer for both sides today.

"Either side could lose on first innings and still win outright," Moran said.

SAWTELL v PARK BEACH

BOWLING CLUB COLTS

SAWTELL will effectively start it's chase of PBBC Colts' 280-run first innings total at 2-16 after losing low-middle order batsman Nick Collett to a back injury during the week.

However, Sawtell captain Todd Gill remains confident his side can pass its early-season test.

Gill will rely on at least one of the two not out batsmen, Kel McMillan and Matt Bailey, to lay the platform for Sawtell.

"Hopefully one of them can stay in and bat all day," Gill said.

"If they can, we should have a good chance."

Sawtell were yesterday praying the predicted overnight storms wouldn't eventuate.

"I am a bit worried about the dark sky behind me," Gill said.

"If the wicket is sticky and the outfield is slow, it will make our job harder."

Colts' opening batsman Matt Rose said his side's big total was not as imposing as it appeared, given the batsman-friendly nature of the Richardson Park pitch.

"We've got the runs on the board, but it is a very good deck and fast outfield, so it's probably the equivalent of about 240 on a normal ground," Rose said.

"They have got some good batsmen and we know we will need to bowl the right lines or they will punish us."

DIGGERS EX-SERVICES

v NANA GLEN

CHASING 334 runs in a day is no easy task, but Diggers captain Steve Meakins believes it is not mission impossible for his side.

Meakins will instruct his team to forget about the mammoth target posted by Nana Glen last week and instead concentrate on batting out the allocated 75 overs.

"We won't worry about the total, we will just set ourselves to bat all day," Meakins said.

"If we can do that, chances are we will finish with 300 runs by the end.

"We only batted our 75 over two or three times last season, but the pitch and outfield were very good last week."

Predicted rain could make Diggers task even more difficult, but Meakins remained defiant.

"Even if we do get some weather, it is not out of the equation."

Nana Glen skipper Andrew Mainey said, despite his side's solid position, they will not be over-confident today.

"We're not counting our chickens before they hatch, all they need is for a couple of blokes to dig in and anything can happen," he said.

"The outfield has been mowed this week and the pitch is very good, so we aren't taking anything for granted."

However, Mainey did acknowledge that having 333 runs to play with allowed Nana Glen the chance to pile on the pressure.

"Our bowlers just have to work on bowling a good line and length to build pressure and just wait for them to make the mistakes," he said.



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