A brave M?bah face
By ADAM WRATTEN firstname.lastname@example.org
MURWILLUMBAH coach Keith Wyatt de- clared his side "had turned the corner" after a competitive day's play against Terranora in their Gabba Sports Cup southern division clash on Saturday. Murwillumbah has made a disappoint- ing start to the season and Wyatt was on hand when a few home truths were delivered to the troops ahead of this home clash on the weekend. It appears the "riot act" worked with the young Murwillumbah side going out and battling hard. They dismissed Terranora for 219, and while they then lost two quick wickets
to finish at 2/26 at the close of play, Wyatt was happy. In the other Gabba Sports Cup southern division first grade games things are evenly poised in the clash be- tween Pottsville and Cudgen, with Cudgen scoring 219 the Pelicans 0/15 in reply. Meanwhile, in the north-south cross- over game, South Tweed Colts are strug- gling against Southport Labrador at Fra- ser Drive. At stumps, Southport were 7/273. At Murwillumbah, Wyatt said his play- ers responsed well. "There were a few riot acts read out," he said. "We sat down a had a talk and the boys all know now what playing A-grade is all about.
He said Murwillumbah made the disci- plined Terranora outfit work hard for their runs. "They batted well," Wyatt said. "We put down a couple of catches, but the boys stuck to their guns and it's well poised now. "I think we have turned the corner." Meanwhile, Terranora skipper Grant Thompson is confident his side will win. "I think it will be enough," Thompson said. "The pitch and outfield were really slow so 220 should see us home." He said the return of Craig Bonner had an immediate effect with the all- rounder top scoring on 45. Ryan Willoughby was also among the runs with 44.