By HUGH KEARNEY
SOUTH Tweed Colts will be relying on their ability to chase big scores when they resume their Gabba Sports Cup match against Pottsville at Dave Burns Field today.
Pottsville displayed some of the batting form which took it to last season's semi-finals, scoring 226 after a poor start to the season where the team had failed to reach 100 runs in any of its first four innings.
Colts will resume at 0-10 with plenty resting on the shoulders of openers Tony McDonald and new-signing Chad Wright, sent in as nightwatchman.
Colts captain Joel Walle said his team had made it tough for itself with poor fielding on the first day.
"Pottsville batted well but we underestimated them a little and missed some chances," Walle said.
"We now have to get our minds back on the job, do what we've done in other weeks and achieve what we set out to achieve."
"Our fielding let us down last week so we are chasing more runs than we should be, but we have had no trouble chasing large totals previously. We know what needs to be done, it's just a matter of getting in the right mindset.
"I am not even concerned about winning, just achieving the goals we set," Walle said.
"We need to be patient and persistent in the run-chase, so this will be a good opportunity to see where we are at as a team."
"Pottsville is possibly the strongest bowling side in the competition so it is going to be an interesting battle."
In other Gabba Cup games, Murwillumbah is down to its last two recognised batsmen and struggling at 6-58 on a variable wicket chasing Palm Beach-Currumbin's first innings total of 145.
Cudgen will be looking for early wickets defending 178 on the first innings against Queens (3-79) at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
At Bilambil the match between Terranora and Broadbeach-Robina is evenly poised with the visitors 1-69 chasing Terranora's 199.