On the ball: Coffs Tigers batsman Kieren Hogan prepares as Bellingen bowler Jenny Taffs approaches during Saturday’s clash.
On the ball: Coffs Tigers batsman Kieren Hogan prepares as Bellingen bowler Jenny Taffs approaches during Saturday’s clash. Leigh Jensen

Facial fungus blamed for failure

PARK Beach Bowling Club Colts president Neil Coogan feels certain he has the perfect antidote for star batsman Daryl Parmenter’s uncharacteristic run of outs.

After going for a paltry two runs last week, Parmenter was out without scoring in the weekend clash with Dorrigo.

“He’ll be back among the runs next Wednesday when we play our KFC Cup Twenty20 match,” Coogan predicted.

“By then it will be the end of Movember and he’ll be able to shave that awful thing off his face ... it makes him look like Dirk Diggler.

“Since he grew the ‘mo’ he’s been out of luck with the bat and once it goes, it’s going to be business as usual.”

Fortunately, the facial fungus hasn’t worked like kryptonite on Parmenter’s bowling.

He gave the Buzzards nightmares with a nine-over spell that included five maidens and reaped 3-17.

There was also a vital catch to contribute to the innings.

Colts made the first visit to the crease and established their credentials with a handsome 7-208.

They won on the back of a superb 87 from opener Josh Noble and plenty of contributors down the order including an unbeaten 33 from captain and wicketkeeper, Matt Rose.

“What the game proved was we can win without Daryl getting runs and with the side still remaking itself that is going to become more important with every passing week” Coogan said.

“When you are the premier side you have set yourself up for everybody else to have a crack and the opponents will usually target your main strengths.

“If something goes wrong for a key man but another five or six blokes all fire, you’re back on deck pretty quickly.”

Dorrigo went into the match behind the eight ball with opener Adam Turner and strike bowler Ben Neaves absent due to North Coast representative commitments.

The side only made 91 in reply and how much they missed the in-form Turner was in evidence when he made 54 in his first appearance in Tamworth.

Dorrigo’s run of bad luck, which started with a severe injury to skipper Justin Gilbert, leaves them stranded with Bellingen at the bottom of the table and in danger of losing touch with the top sides.

Bellingen continued their run of outs at the weekend but winning Coffs Tigers captain Kyle Paterson said there was plenty of merit in their performance.

“We set them a fair target of 181 to chase but I thought they did really well to last almost to the end of their full number of overs in the innings,” he said.

Tigers have been this season’s big improvers and Paterson is predicting there’s plenty more good news to come.

He was full of praise for Nic Rowe who again got runs but proved his worth with four wickets.

“The side is starting to build momentum but what I like is the confidence that’s becoming evident,” Paterson said.

“Our middle order shows promising signs and all the guys are really upbeat about what’s happening.

“Big games are coming up and that will test our worth.”

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