ON THE BALL: Having Matt Francis find form with the bat leaves his skipper very impressed.
ON THE BALL: Having Matt Francis find form with the bat leaves his skipper very impressed. Leigh Jensen

Colts’ friendly finger pointed directly at Diggers opponent

PARK Beach Bowls Club Colts captain Matt Rose may seem to "have it in" for a certain opponent in today's clash with premiers Plantation Diggers.

"The quicker we see the back of Russell Gardner, the happier I'll be," he freely admits.

"In this round last year, he came up with an unbeaten century and there's no way I want him hanging around for too long."

Rose made his comments with tongue firmly in cheek and left no doubt how much he respects the classy Diggers all-rounder.

"Diggers may have have enormous batting depth but I don't think Russell gets the credit he's entitled to," he said.

"Look at all their big partnerships and he seems to figure in there, whether he's playing a support role or getting stuck in to blunt the ball.

"I rate him the bloke who holds it together and we have to go after him early."

The match will be played on somewhat unfamiliar territory after a switch to the second field at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park after the main wicket was damaged by vandalism.

Putting on his hat as association treasurer, Rose expressed disgust at the rash of damage that's been done to the grounds.

"It looks like some idiot rode a horse across Brelsford Park and it's out of action as well," he said.

"What with the rain and the wicket damage, it's been an expensive start to the season."

Rose is always happy to crack jokes about the game he loves but makes time for serious business.

"Colts may be the team for aging warriors but as this is a one-day game, it sort of brings Diggers back to the field a bit.

"While they have proven themselves and on paper have better depth, limited overs will suit our style and we shouldn't be written off," Rose said.

Just make sure a player named Gardner gets an early break from the hot sun.



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