Damon Rootes is on the crest of a batting wave and a big score beckons.
Damon Rootes is on the crest of a batting wave and a big score beckons. Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advoc

Clubs creating their own kind of history

THERE’S anticipation today’s meeting of Plantation Diggers and Nambucca Valley promises a standard of cricket more suited to a tense season decider.

Nobody is yet making an early (and possibly rash) suggestion of “a grand final dress rehearsal” but there’s no risk these two sides are in the process of creating some personal history.

The premiers host the first-year hotshots at Fitzroy Oval, with Diggers still stinging from their opening round defeat and captain Alex Byrne willing to make a stunning admission.

“We deserved to be beaten the first time because we took them far too lightly,” he said.

“There’s no way we’ll make that mistake again and the boys will be very cautious and treat them with the respect they deserve.”

Fresh from a personal century and handy scores from teammates against Sawtell, Byrne feels he’s already close to settling on the line-up that will defend the premiership when play resumes in the new year.

For the penultimate round of 2015, he feels certain today’s opponents are also at that stage.

“They’ve been cruising along and haven’t been beaten and are making runs fairly easy,” Byrne said.

“It’s going to be a good opportunity to look at them up close and see what we can also learn.”

In the other match, Sawtell have an important engagement at Rowe Oval in the visit to Dorrigo.

Their form has been a little inconsistent and beating the team that’s had something of a hoodoo over them at the worst possible time has to be a priority.

Park Beach Bowling Club Colts has the weekend off.



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