Lofty Dorrigo looks set to test the waters
PREMIER team Sawtell started the 2014-15 cricketing summer at a rate of knots but there's caution in the wind as Dorrigo comes down from the mountain.
The plateau-based club lost the opening-round clash with Plantation Diggers but upset Sawtell last year after shrugging off poor form.
The pair will meet in a limited-overs match at Richardson Park at 12.30pm.
Skipper Dave Angus and all-rounder Brad Lewis will miss this game and the next, but club president and top- grade batsman Rod Buckle said their absence opens the door to a familiar face.
"We're going to welcome back Trent Dierick this week after he completed his university commitments for the year," Buckle said.
"I was in touch with him straight after the other spinning Trent - the Mitchell one - took six wickets for us against Colts last weekend and he was busting to see just how much 'Richo' may be turning this year.
"Probably, we'll see periods of all spin bowling this summer, provided we can get the ball out of Ben Andrews' hand."
Known over the year for batting depth, Sawtell right now appears to have class bowlers left, right and centre.
On the subject of Mitchell, his bag of six victims last Saturday came as a real shock as word around Sawtell was the former captain might be having a recovery season.
"The rumour was we had a new, fair-haired leg spinner in the club but it was the one and only Trent Mitchell," Buckle laughed.
"It's great to have him on deck.
"The original prognosis was that he may not be available until the new year due to his Achilles injury but while it's still not 100% right, he got himself out on the park, which is handy for us at the moment.
"Full credit to him for his return as there were some key wickets among the lot he took."
Mitchell returned figures of 6-37 and wrecked Colts' middle order with a spell of 5-14 in a handful of overs.
In place of Angus, wicketkeeper and opener Ricky Welsh will be leading the team.
On the subject of batting, Buckle believes the order is so adaptable that it can be changed as needs must.
A string of wins could mean certain batsmen down the order would miss time in the middle but the president says that's easily fixed.
"If we see a prolonged period where the lower-order guys are not getting a hit, I'm sure there won't be a problem with mixing things up a bit.
"Our strategy in recent years has been to have old steady heads down the order in case of a crisis.
"But we have changed things up a bit this year with some senior guys dropping back a grade to get some youngsters a taste of the top grade.
"If called upon, we are confident these boys can get the job done, as we saw on the weekend with local junior Charlie Towells' debuting with a nice little cameo at the end."
In the other first grade match, Urunga makes its entry to first grade at Brelsford Park against Plantation Diggers with an air of mystery after being promoted.
CHDCA Round 2
Sawtell v Dorrigo (Richardson Park)
Urunga v Plantation Diggers (Brelsford Park)
PBBC Colts bye