Game hangs in balance
THE scene is set for an exciting finish to the first Gabba Sports Cup match on the new Seabreeze cricket ground at Pottsville with the clash between Pottsville Pelicans and the South Tweed Colts evenly poised after the opening day. Pottsville are keen to score a win in their first competition game on the new ground and while skipper Josh Singh has faith in his troops, Colts captain Joel Walle believes his side is poised for victory. Honours were shared on Saturday with Colts all out for 132 and Pottsville 3-39 in reply at stumps. "We are definitely pretty happy with that" Singh said. "But we probably lost one more wicket than we needed to. "We are pretty confident we will get the runs" Singh said his team enjoyed finally being able to play on their home ground after years of a nomadic existence. Walle, who skippered Colts not Mick Gray as reported in Saturday's Daily News, said the new wicket had tested the batsmen. "The track played a bit slowly," he said. "It was the type of deck that is hard to score runs on." Colts were in trouble early, crashing to 3-6 before Walle and former Terranora player Jeremy Pierce staged an impressive fightback. The two put on 50 runs for the fourth wicket before Walle became Matt Prigg's maiden first grade victim, caught by Justin Singh for 23. Pierce was out to Aaron Laycock for 37 after an impressive knock. "Jeremy batted well and justified being a first grade player at either Colts or Terranora," Walle said. Veteran Steve Distant led the bowling for the home side, claiming 3-25 while Aaron Laycock snared 3-39. Key bowler Justin Singh, who injured an ankle before the match, bowled just two overs. Walle said his side would need early wickets when the game resumes next Saturday, including that of dangerous former Murwillumbah batsman Paul Dhillon who will resume on five not out and Aaron Laycock who was unbeaten on six. Colts bowlers kept the team well and truly in the game late in the day with Walle taking 2-13 and Jamie Dixon 1-8 to have the home side teetering at 3-39.