Paceman has big job ahead

By TANIA PHILLIPS

Cricket

POTTSVILLE fast bowler Michael Anderson is back in the country and ready for a challenge ? and the talented speedster certainly has one ahead of him.

Anderson, who returned from the UK recently, will be called straight into action this afternoon as his team tries to stave off first innings defeat in its Tweed District Cricket Association clash against Murwillumbah at Rabjones Oval, Murwillumbah this afternoon.

Pottsville was all out for 90 last week against the new-look Murwillumbah outfit, with Justin Singh ripping through his former team's batting line-up to take 6-31, while youngster Thay Caisley also bowled well with 1-4 off six overs and Lionel Foster looked good in his first outing for four years with 3-32.

In reply, Murwillumbah was looking dangerous at 3-58 with big-hitting Murwillumbah captain Kevan Newell looking good with 23 not out. He has just been joined by the big-hitting Justin Singh who is not out 4.

Pottsville co-captain Steve Distant bowled well last week with 2-14 off 11, but will welcome Anderson back into the fold.

"We have a lot of work to do against all the guys we played with last year," Distant said.

Anderson played his second season with the Shepshed Messengers in Leicestershire, although a niggling leg injury, acquired in a Webb Shield game at the end of last Australian season, kept him out of action for two months.

He said the team had done well, finishing third for the season, but despite his success Anderson said he probably wouldn't go back next year.

"I will probably stay here for a bit ? trying to get a decent job and a house ? I may get the itch to go again ? but for now I have been there and done that," he said.

Meanwhile, Pottsville's co-captain Sean Anderson (no relation), will take his place in the side this afternoon despite chopping a rising Justin Singh delivery into his brow last week.

Anderson smashed a six off his first ball before being felled by Singh. A trip to hospital and six stitches later, Anderson was back to score two more quick fours before being bowled by Singh.

But although he will wear a helmet this week to protect the injury, Anderson said the incident was "just an accident" and the first time he had been hit in 15 years of A-grade. There would be no helmet in future.

In the other TDCA game, South Tweed Colts were also in a commanding position after the opening day of their clash with Terranora at Bilambil.

The Lakers were all out for 137 with vice-captain Craig Bonnor scoring a solid 40 and up and coming wicketkeeper Luke McMahon making 24. Chris Carroll took 4-38 for Colts.

In reply Colts were 1-45.



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