Who is up for captain's role?

CRICKET premiers Park Beach Bowling Club Colts are still to replace skipper Chris Moran who announced his retirement as a player after leading the club to the 2009-10 first grade title.

Club president Neil Coogan said the veteran batsman would continue in a coaching role but naming a new captain could wait until after Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association’s annual general meeting on July 12.

“Things are pretty dormant right now but will liven up after that meeting,” he said.

“Within the club there are several players who would make perfect candidates to take over from Chris as captain and we’ll also consult with him regarding his own thoughts on who can do the job after playing alongside the boys.

“At the moment we’re completing our sponsorship proposals for the new season and once that is taken care of, the next task is looking at the player situation.”

After being the driving force behind the introduction of the Coffs Coast Twenty20 Cup last summer, Colts delegates will suggest more fine-tuning to the return competition at the annual meeting.

“The success of the first event means Twenty20 is a goer in this area and we intend to propose it goes to a full blown competition, running for the full length of the season,” Coogan revealed.

“Instead of dividing the teams into city versus country pools, we can now justify having them play each other once or twice, giving us more matches and a more attractive concept to take to a potential naming rights sponsor.

“And this is where Chris Moran again comes in with some innovative ideas on how to further improve the competition.”

These ideas include special ground markings with extra runs allocated for batsmen who send the ball to designated parts of the field or who use certain strokes . . . such as a full-on drive down the wicket.

“Part of the deal could be offering a cash prize for the batsman who hits a special sign which can jackpot from week to week if it isn’t won,” Coogan said.

“Something like that would become a big talking point around town and provide a huge spin-off for the sponsor.”

Coogan has also welcomed the decision to change the under-16s competition to a Twenty20 format played in Monday twilight hours rather than on a Saturday morning.

“The Coffs Cup introduced more kids to the senior grades and knowing more are now free to compete Saturday afternoons in the domestic season means they’ll get extra experience in the longer forms of the game against the better class of player,” he said.

“If they were still playing during the morning before backing up later in the day it would have been a big ask but now everybody benefits.”

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