TIGERS BACK ON TARGET
By GREG WHITE
COFFS Hotel Tigers are not only back on track with their three-wicket win over Nana Glen on Saturday but captain coach Brad Greenshields is starting to talk semi-finals.
"The win made me happy for several reasons," Greenshields said.
"Our top order batsmen gave us a start and the bowlers did the job at the right time."
Tigers were chasing 194 after Nana Glen won the toss and batted.
Nana Glen started well before Troy Wear was given out for handling the ball by umpire Ken Robinson.
"I just think the big bloke had a brain fade," an amused Greenshields said.
"The ball seemed to be heading away and instead of pushing it with the bat, he took a swipe with his hand."
Andrew Mainey steadied the ship but things went sour for Nana Glen when four batsmen were returned in procession with the innings stranded on 171.
First Mainey, then Daniel Owen, Trent Jones and Damien Elks went in indian file, to give Greenshields the break he was looking for.
"I mean no disrespect but that middle order hiccup won us the game," Greenshields said, and rival captain Andrew Mainey was quick to agree.
"We didn't value wickets enough," Mainey groaned.
"Three of them went for no score, at a time we looked like posting something worthwhile for Tigers to chase."
Nana Glen crept to 194, but had left the door wide open with an invitation extended to the Tigers to go waltzing through.
The invite was accepted with glee.
Matt Secomb smashed his way back to form with a solid 44 while Daryl Parmenter continued his great run with a half century.
Greenshields said he knew a victory was in sight by the drinks break.
"Our plan was to have wickets in hand so we could chase hard after drinks," he said.
"At only two down and plenty of batting to come we only needed to hold our nerve." But even at that point, Mainey was adamant his team still had a show.
"Their blokes put a lot of balls in the air," he said.
"With a little luck and application we could have taken more catches to really put the pressure on.
"In the end, it wasn't to be."
Mainey paid his rival captain Greenshields a back-handed compliment, saying the homework had been done on his side.
"Greeny knows what to expect when he plays us," Mainey said.
"He sets the field in such a way it doesn't give us much scope when we need some luck."