Diggers set to progress
THE wet weather that has caused havoc over the last three weeks of the cricket season is on the verge of handing Diggers Ex-Services an armchair ride to the grand final.
As the minor premier, if this weekend’s major semi-final between Diggers Ex-Services and Dorrigo doesn’t get a result due to rain or unsafe playing conditions, the Diggers team will progress straight through to the grand final to be played in a fortnight’s time.
Skipper Steve Meakins admits that progressing through under such circumstances isn’t ideal, especially when the team needs the match practice but he says that the team would simply be thrilled to play in their first grand final in three seasons.
“If you’re going to get into the grand final you would rather do it by winning but if it’s washed out this weekend we’re not going to complain,” Meakins said.
“You could say that by winning the minor premiership we’ve already done a good job of earning a grand final berth with our performances through the season.”
While Diggers could be the major winner if play is abandoned this weekend, reigning premiers Sawtell face the prospect of being the biggest loser.
Finishing in fourth position Sawtell need to win every game from here on in to win a remarkable sixth straight premiership but the moisture under foot makes their task of recording a win against the Park Beach Bowling Club Colts in the minor semi final very difficult indeed.
CHDCA president Ken Robinson said that the umpires have been given instructions as to how to approach the vital clashes.
“No match will be called off early on Saturday if there is a possibility of any play at all later in the afternoon,” Robinson said in a statement issued to all clubs.
“Umpires will remain at the ground, expecting the players to do the same, all afternoon if necessary.
“In the event that no play is possible on Saturday the match will revert to a one day match of 45 overs per side on Sunday with a 12.30pm starting time.”
THIS WEEKEND’S FINALS
Diggers Ex-Services v Dorrigo at Fitzroy Oval
PBBC Colts v Sawtell at Coffs Coast Leisure Park