Usually the mainstay of the Coffs Tigers bowling attack, stand-in captain Kieran Hogan may be the hero with the bat against Bellingen.
Usually the mainstay of the Coffs Tigers bowling attack, stand-in captain Kieran Hogan may be the hero with the bat against Bellingen.

Tigers confident

IT’S one of those tricky little chases that a team should succeed at.

But it could go wrong.

Coffs Tigers need another 24 runs to claim first-innings points over Bellingen at Brelsford Park today but, with only four wickets in hand, a couple of loose shots could prove costly.

“I’m confident we will get there but it’s going to be tough,” Tigers’ stand-in captain Kieran Hogan said.

“We’re just going to have to put our heads down to make sure we get the job done.”

Nic Rowe and Nathan Secomb are currently at the crease and Hogan believes the pair, along with incoming batsmen Brad Smith and Michael Bailey, has the ability to ensure the Tigers hold on to second position on the ladder.

“There’s definitely no shortage of good bats there and Brad Smith should do a good job if needed,” he said.

“Making runs is what he’s in the team for.”

One team that already has first-innings points wrapped up and is on the lookout for an outright victory is Sawtell.

The blue caps built up a lead of 110 runs over Diggers Ex-Services a week ago and are now looking to dismiss their rival fairly cheaply for a second straight week.

Dorrigo requires a further 169 runs at home this afternoon if it is to overcome competition leaders Park Beach Bowling Club Colts.

Key batsmen Adam Turner and captain Justin Gilbert will be at the crease when play resumes to blunt the new ball attack.

A strong partnership between this pair will be required for Dorrigo to prove that it is a team to be reckoned with come finals time.



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