Colts bounce back with patient performance with the bat
A MARATHON performance with the bat has seen PBBC Colts set a competitive total on the first day of its clash with Sawtell.
Surviving a torrid bowling onslaught from Sawtell's dangerous pace attack, Colts remained at the crease until the end of play before being bowled out for a competitive total of 202 at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure park.
It was a much improved batting performance from Colts with veteran batsman Matt Rose impressed with the way his side bounced back from their disappointing loss to Plantation Diggers.
"Our batting was great today, it is not often you can bat out an entire day," Rose said.
"We have been tinkering with our middle order in recent weeks and it is beginning to pay off.
"The boys were really patient at the crease and played a controlled innings.
"Seventy overs at the crease is an impressive effort and it means we will be in a competitive position ahead of the second day of play."
Colts fast bowler Trent Statham secured his CHDCA first grade half century of his career with a dominant innings of 67.
Strong batting performances from Colts captain Josh Noble with 43 and Connor McCoy with 37 ensured the home side would end the day in a strong position.
"We went into this game just wanting to do the best we could," Rose said.
"Sawtell is the competition's top side for a reason so we needed to stick to the basics and perform.
"We are still missing Matt Francis from our bowling attack which will make things difficult; however we should get Craig Haworth back next week which will help our bowling stocks."
Rose believes Colts has what it takes to be the first team to beat Sawtell this season.
"We have a competitive total and our bowlers will be fresh after the week off so it will be a tough second day," he said.
"We had no expectations ahead of this game so we will just give it everything and hope for the best."
In Dorrigo, Heavy rain on Friday night saw the cancellation of the clash between Dorrigo and Diggers at Rowe Oval.