A Knife edge
MURWILLUMBAH won’t back down from its slow and steady game plan as it attempts to bat its way to victory over Terranora today at Rabjones Oval.
The home team will have to bring up its highest score of the season on Pink Stumps Day to overhaul Terranora’s 195-run total.
With Murwillumbah 3-92, captain Andrew Bennett said the game was on a knife edge.
“The game is pretty well poised. We’ve made a good start and have a whole day to get the runs,” he said.
“If we do it, it will be a first. We know we are going to have to bat the best we have all year to do so.”
The two teams, along with Cudgen, in its clash with Byron Bay, will wear pink today in support of the McGrath Foundation.
Murwillumbah took 38 overs to reach 3-92 at the close of play last Saturday, in response to Terranora’s 195 from 40.
Bennett revealed the Terranora players were giving his young batsmen plenty of encouragement to score faster last week, but they had stuck to a game plan and batted out the day carefully.
“The Terranora boys play a pretty aggressive brand of cricket, and that is fine. It is all part of the game,” Bennett said. “These guys have fun on the field – they’ve got a good team spirit.
“We went very slowly at the start. It might have been 20 runs off 20 overs. We were definitely playing a cautious game, but we got going at the end and didn’t succumb to their style of play.”
Teenagers Josh Sigley (41) and Gabriel Araujo (12) will continue their partnership when play gets under way today.
Sigley had scored a century in junior cricket the day before he opened the batting for Murwillumbah and Bennett said it was a tiring 38 overs for him on Saturday.
Bennett was happy with the way his team batted, and said Veerinder Singh-Gosel (14) was unlucky to be out.
“Veerinder Gosel, who scored 44 last week, was looking fantastic, but he played one shot in the air and was out.”
In next is Adam Housen, a former under-17 New South Wales representative, who is making his debut for Murwillumbah this round.
Bennett said Murwillumbah couldn’t afford to approach the game in any other way than it had last weekend.
“There is no way we can be anything other than circumspect,” he said. Terranora will hope strike bowler Josh Callegari is available this weekend, along with Craig Bonnor.