Diggers Ex-Services all-rounder Troy Herbert had a better time with the bat than he did with the ball in the Twenty20 clash.
Diggers Ex-Services all-rounder Troy Herbert had a better time with the bat than he did with the ball in the Twenty20 clash.

Park Beach spoils the 50th party

PARK Beach Bowling Club Colts are proving a thorn in the side of Diggers Ex-Services Club,celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The latest party-pooping performance came in this week’s KFC Twenty20 Cup outing when Colts’ No 2 XI smacked Diggers’ No 1 side on the strength of a sparkling half century from teenage bats- man Alec Duly.

“For some reason we keep dominating them,” Colts’ president Neil Coogan offered, keen to stir the rivalry.

“I’m quite happy to say on this occasion we smashed them as (Diggers president) Steve Meakins will take great joy in giving us a serve whenever they get around to beating us.”

There was no skiting from the premiers when Martyn Kelleher sent Troy Britnall back to the bench with the second delivery of the innings. But the arrival of young Duly at the crease had an immediate impact as he tore into the Diggers attack.

“Alec is just back from three years at boarding school in Sydney and hasn’t wasted any time making an impression,” Coogan revealed. “He took on Troy Herbert at one stage and hit him for something like 18 off one over.”

Duly’s only two innings this season have been in fourth grade where he scored 43 and 40 in consecutive digs before this week’s rapid-fire 52 and the next few matches will reveal if he’s a craftsman or a belter.

The win will also fill a large chunk in the career scrapbook of rookie skipper Trent Statham who, at 18 years of age, gave a glimpse into his future by leading the top grade Colts outfit for the first time.

Diggers were eventually restricted to 108 in their dig, falling short of victory by 53.

“Our No 1 side will be in action next Wednesday evening and again, this match will have some history attached,” Coogan said.

“The opponents will be Easts Cricket Club, the first time in many years a Grafton side has participated in the Coffs competition.”

Meanwhile, the decision has been made to drop the bonus runs allocated for batting and bowling under-16 players.

However, the requirement of a minimum two junior players in each KFC Twenty20 Cup team will remain.



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