Tigers fall to Colts
SPEAKING as the voice of experience, Park Beach Bowling Club Colts captain Matt Rose has warned his peers than if a team slackens off for just one afternoon, it could cost them a semi-final berth.
Prior to last season’s overdue premiership victory, Colts suffered more than their share of losses and they were handed another when they met a fired-up Coffs Tigers at the weekend.
“We won the toss but had to send them in when late arrivals from work meant only eight players were available,” Rose said.
“They got away in the middle order as the wicket got slower and with less pace in our bowling attack at the moment it didn’t surprise to see them put up a hard score to chase.”
Daryl Parmenter and Matt Francis would usually chew chunks out of an opposing one-day line-up but Rose refused to blame his most experienced pair for letting their opponents skip away.
“They are so good at the business we forget the rest of us have to keep working away for when they don’t immediately break through,” Rose said.
“After losing Craig Howarth interstate and Chris Moran overseas there’s need to restructure our attack so that the right bowlers are taking on the right batsmen and it’s still got some work to be done.
“But it didn’t surprise to see Tigers play so well and with this comp so even, anybody who has a slack afternoon could find themselves regretting it when the playoffs arrive.”
Sawtell all-rounder Matt Bailey agrees and while it was foul weather at the start of last summer rather than bad planning that caused their fortunes to slide last time around, the Blue Caps heart-stopping win over Dorrigo is going to provide a big confidence boost.
There was speculation Sawtell’s midweek Twenty20 win over Nana Glen would have them riding high but Bailey believes such success mainly helps the emerging players.
“Dave Angus probably did well out of it as he backed up with a good innings and took some wickets,” he said.
“However we didn’t go into this one overly confident and it’s left me wondering what Dorrigo are thinking, without Justin Gilbert and going down twice against sides who were nine wickets down.
“But I’m not writing them off ... they’ll be back.”
Dorrigo’s best were Adam Turner who top scored with 71 runs and Bruce Mackie (4-22).
Captain Ben Andrews played a massive hand in the win with two wickets and an unbeaten half century.
He turned the match by smashing 22 off one over and from that point it was a matter of the other batsmen holding up an end and going along for the ride.
Meanwhile, Diggers gave Bellingen little quarter after running up a large target and then working hard in the field to slow their rivals’ run rate and frustrate them out of the match.
However there was plenty of promise from the newcomers with enterprise shown by the contingent of batsmen in the middle order.