Young Sawtell bowler Isaac Hillery is the leading wicket taker in the competition so far this season.
Young Sawtell bowler Isaac Hillery is the leading wicket taker in the competition so far this season. File

Top teams battle for first place

TOP position on the table is up for grabs this afternoon when Sawtell play host to Diggers Ex-Services.

The undefeated record of both teams goes on the line but Diggers may be behind the eight ball with a long list of players absent.

“There’s a plethora of reasons for players being away,” Diggers’ captain Steve Meakins said.

“There’s the Test match, injury, schoolies, it’s a long list.”

Meakins believes though that the list of replacements are more than capable of doing the job in an important clash including Jordan Symons and teenage debutante Luke Corlis.

“We’re not too thin actually, our bowling is more than okay as we have a lot of all-rounders in the team,” he said.

“I just think our second grade looks very good once everyone becomes available.”

Park Beach Bowling Club Colts can go into its clash against Dorrigo with some confidence despite a poor batting performance last start against Coffs Tigers.

The Colts confidence stems from the fact that Dorrigo will be missing four key players this afternoon.

Captain Justin Gilbert will be on the sidelines nursing a broken thumb. Paceman Rob Eddy is nursing a shoulder injury while young guns Adam Turner and Ben Neaves are away playing in the North Coast team.

Colts’ playmaker Daryl Parmenter warned yesterday though that his side is in danger of a premiership hangover if attitudes don’t change quickly.

“We’re learning quickly that a team of champions doesn’t beat a champion team,” Parmenter said.

“We’re realising that it’s harder to defend a comp than it is to win one in the first place because everyone is after you.

“We need to make sure that we’re all doing that little bit extra and doing all the basic things right.”

This afternoon sees a first grade double header at the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park as not only are the Colts and Dorrigo doing battle on the number one ground but Bellingen and Coffs Tigers will be chasing valuable points on the number two oval.

A win a fortnight ago over the reigning premiers has the Tigers believing that it is capable of grabbing another win over Bellingen today.

“We took a lot of confidence out of the Colts game but I think it really started on the second day against Sawtell and the effort that we put in there,” Tigers’ skipper Kyle Paterson said.

“We took that into the Colts game and now we need to take some more into this match.”

The Tigers’ pace bowling stocks will receive a boost this afternoon with Kieran Hogan and Michael Bailey returning to the line-up.

Paterson is wary of his opponent though.

“We don’t know a lot about them,” he admitted. “I think they’ll be a mystery for the first round. It will be until then that the word will get around on their players.”

 

TODAY’S MATCHES

Sawtell v Diggers Ex-Services at Richardson Park

PBBC Colts v Dorrigo at CCSLP 1

Bellingen v Coffs Tigers at CCSLP 2

 

CHDCA TABLE

Sawtell

12

Diggers Ex-Services

12

PBBC Colts

7

Coffs Tigers

7

Dorrigo

2

Bellingen

2



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