Colts confident target in reach
REIGNING premiers Park Beach Bowling Club Colts deserve to feel edgy after day one of their second-round clash with Bellingen at the weekend.
Wary of what their young opponents might offer, Colts captain Matt Rose was pleased to see the back of Bellingen, who batted 44 overs for their 113 total.
As he’s done so often before, Daryl Parmenter was the disruptive influence, wrecking Bello’s afternoon with a bag of six wickets.
At stumps, Colts were 4-60 in reply but coming back after almost a month without cricket, Rose is content with the effort.
“Looking at it realistically, you’d have to say we are marginally in front despite still looking for another 50 or so runs to get us across the line,” he said.
“But I was super pleased with the effort ... we bowled really well and Daryl’s six came in very, very handy.
“We also took our catches well and while the scores might be low, the performance was solid.”
The thick outfield didn’t help Bellingen in the quest for boundaries and in normal circumstances and with a little more luck, they might have pushed the tally to around 150.
Veteran thumper Selwyn Manz opened for Colts and left nobody wondering about his intentions with a rapid-fire 19 before holing out.
“We lost three quick wickets to be 3-30, including Josh Noble trapped fairly cheaply leg before, but as it was his first failure with the bat this summer, that’s how your luck goes,” Rose said.
“Apart from Selwyn and myself, we had to promote a couple of youngsters up the order as we had Andrew Firth on holidays and Nathan Hinton at the Big Day Out, leaving us a bit short on batting experience.”
With 27 overs still to be bowled, Colts were four wickets down and for about 10 of these, Rose described the situation as “a bit hairy.”
“The last 17 overs brought Daryl (Parmenter) and ‘Coogs’ (Neil Coogan) together and they played the rest of the innings with caution to be sure of staying there until stumps,” he said.
“Before next weekend we’ll have to do a couple of re-adjustments but if we perform at our best, the points are within sight.”