Nathan Roberts of Palm Beach Currumbin plays a sweep shot during yesterday?s play.
Nathan Roberts of Palm Beach Currumbin plays a sweep shot during yesterday?s play.

Colts are cruising

By GLEN SCOTT

SOUTH Tweed Colts are poised to register their first win of the season after their bowlers tore through Terranora at Bilambil on Saturday.

Colts are well placed to end a nightmare start to the Gabba Sports Cup, which saw them come up against heavyweights Palm Beach Currumbin, Mudgeeraba, Pottsville and Southport-Labrador through the early rounds.

Cudgen were fancied to add to South Tweed's woes in the sixth round fixture, but were skittled for just 90 runs after 38 overs in the first innings.

In reply, Colts will head into day two this Saturday at 3/146 from 30 overs.

Fast bowler and team captain Joel Walle said the perfor- mance was very satisfying for players in the side.

"It's particularly good for the five Terranora boys who have come over this year," he said."They have had the wood on us for a long time, but we made their bowlers look second rate.

"But the job is only half done, it would be more satisfying if we beat them outright."

Former Terranora quick Jeremy Pierce spearheaded the bowling attack with 3/18 off just seven overs against his old club.

Jason Wilson bagged another three wickets, but Walle was particularly satisfied that his entire complement played to a formula.

"We had a plan for individual batsmen, we stuck to the plans and it worked for us," Walle said.

Opening batsmen Anthony McDonald got the Colts innings off to to a flyer with an unbeaten 89.

"Tony was just seeing watermelons, it was really interesting to watch," Walle said.

"We've had a problem with attitude to batting, guys were just too complacent.

"Everybody is starting to play their natural game a bit more and value their wicket."

Another pleasing aspect for Walle was the day in the field.

"Catches win matches, and we held them all," he said.

"The fielding was spectacular at times, we held three that could very easily have gone for four. Hopefully this game will turn around our season, we need a few outrights to get back from 0-5 but we can do it."

Broadbeach Robina were bowled for a modest first innings total of 132 when they hosted Mudgeeraba.

Both teams are sitting midtable, but Broadbeach will have to protect a lead of just 118 runs when the match continues on Saturday.

Middle order batsmen Michael Walker top scored with 51, stabilising what was an otherwise shaky performance from the home team.

Mudgeeraba finished play at 1/18.



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