Tigers unveil their claws to score vital outright
By GREG WHITE
LETTING their spirit of adventure rage out of control sent Bellingen crashing to outright defeat against Coffs Hotel Tigers at Fitzroy Oval on Saturday.
Chasing a massive seven declared for 337, Bellingen chose not to punish the loose deliveries while going after the balls designed to get them out.
"For once it was probably the experienced players who were the guilty parties," opener Chris Moran said.
"Instead of leaving the bad ones alone we threw the bat around at anything wide and paid the penalty."
Bellingen lasted 35 overs in reply for a 126 total before being returned to the crease.
"It's uncanny we lasted only about as long (39 overs) before being bundled out again," Moran said.
"Right from the toss this game didn't go well but it's all part of the school of hard knocks."
Simon Wall claimed three wickets in Bellingen's final over to force the outright result.
But if anyone deserves an overflow of credits for the competition points it must be Tigers all-rounder Peter Bayley.
An unbeaten 51 in support of century-maker Chris Barrington was backed up in the field.
Bayley's express deliveries bagged 4-48 in Bello's first innings and he chipped in with the vital catch that dismissed Nick Hopper cheaply, putting the writing firmly on the wall.
"We'll be glad of the break till January as it will give us a chance to reflect," Moran said.
"The boys are still keen and we'll have a training session next week to keep stressing the need to stick around."
The outright win has been a massive bonus for Tigers.
After an up-and-down season with several unforseen events, the club sits fourth on the ladder on 19 points, just a heartbeat away from pacesetters, Diggers.