ON THE BALL: Colts' stalwart Matt Rose (batting) will look to quickly wrap up the Sawtell tail as play resumes today at Richardson Park. Photo: Leigh Jensen
ON THE BALL: Colts' stalwart Matt Rose (batting) will look to quickly wrap up the Sawtell tail as play resumes today at Richardson Park. Photo: Leigh Jensen Leigh Jensen/ Coffs Coast Advoca

Colts look to clean up tail to secure opening round points

WITH the first round half completed, this afternoon could be an indication of where each team might be at the end of March.

With Bellinger Valley finishing all-out for 178, Plantation Diggers will pick up proceedings from 2/32 to try to chase down the visitors.

Park Beach Bowling Club Colts will look to Trent Statham and Matt Francis who will both spearhead the bowling attack as they aim to clean up Sawtell's tail at Richardson Park.

Colts opening batsman Matt Rose believed that it was important for his team to finish the day on top and that their bowlers couldn't afford to slack off.

With his team disposing of Sawtell's dangerous opener Trent Mitchell (42), Casey Arendarcikas (27 not out) and Chris Neal (12 not out) will have to pick up the pieces and try to conservatively hold off a Colts bowling onslaught which will likely take place when play resumes.

Colts opening batsman Matt Rose was fully aware of the threat Sawtell posed with their experience but was confident ahead of today's match to close the win.

"I think we are in the box seat with this one, but at the same time we realise that Sawtell put their more experienced players further down the order, so it's something that we are going to have to be aware of," Rose said.

"We will approach the game to our strength and we are hoping Trent Statham and Matthew Francis will have a good day with the ball

"If we take our catches and stick to the plan, we'll come away with the win."

The Colts will be looking to improve further this year.

Rose is confident the plan to mix experience and youth will pay dividends this year.

"The team is looking good at the moment," he said.

"We have a lot of youth in the division below us, and hopefully it will serve us well throughout the season.

"We have to do this if we are to get there by March next year, hopefully it plays out that way."

CRICKET STATE OF PLAY
Bellinger Valley XI 178 v Plantation Diggers 2/32 at Fitzroy Oval
PBBC Colts 172 v Sawtell 6/92 at Richardson Park