Party time for Diggers

IF Diggers Ex-Services can manage to score the 55 runs it requires for victory over Bellingen this afternoon, there’s sure to be a big party.

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary celebrations for the club with plenty of ‘old boys’ returning for tonight’s dinner and tomorrow’s match between the current first grade team and past players at Fitzroy Oval.

First things first though, the current Diggers outfit needs to ensure it reaches the target.

“It’s been difficult to keep focussed on the job at hand,” club president and first grade captain Steve Meakins admitted.

“We’ve got some good batting to come with Dave Szumowski, Joe Willman and Steve Harris still to bat.

“Young Jacob Corlis is pretty handy as well and he’s more than capable of making a few runs.

“There should be good conditions so we should do it comfortably.”

Meakins has been incredibly busy over the past months along with the club committee organising the weekend long gala.

He says that he can’t wait to sit down tonight and catch up with a few people that he hasn’t seen in quite a while.

“We’re naming a team of the half century tonight and that will be a big thing for the club and a lot of past players will be there for the announcement,” he said.

“There will be a lot of people there from before I was playing who I haven’t met yet.

“I look forward to sitting down with those people as well and having a bit of a chat and a beer.”

With keynote speaker for the evening being former Test fast bowler and now media commentator Rodney Hogg, the 50 year celebrations for Diggers Ex-Services is sure to be a memorable occasion.

The weekend long celebration as well as Diggers’ desire to pick up valuable points as the season draws to a close has perhaps overshadowed other matches which are just as important.

Coffs Tigers are slight favourites in its top of the table clash against Park Beach Bowling Club (PBBC) Colts.

The Tigers need only three wickets to topple the reigning premiers but the task is no fait acompli.

Colts require 58 runs to win and have some batting depth capable of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

On paper Sawtell’s chase of 150 against Dorrigo looked simple enough but losing four quick wickets at the start of the run chase a week ago has added enormously to the degree of difficulty.

Sawtell is still a good chance of claiming the minor premiership but a hiccup today could prove costly.

Still requiring a further 105 runs for victory, Sawtell will be looking toward the current unbeaten pair of David Angus and Matt Bailey to provide the platform for the run chase as well as Chris Lawry and skipper Ben Andrews.

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