Palm Beach player-coach Alex Morris and head curator Brian Thompson put the final touches to the wicket at Salk Oval.
Palm Beach player-coach Alex Morris and head curator Brian Thompson put the final touches to the wicket at Salk Oval.

Ready to steamroll rivals

Cricket

By TANIA PHILLIPS

GROUNDS staff worked for most of the day yesterday to prepare Salk Oval, Palm Beach for today's important Gabba Sporting Goods Cup clash between Palm Beach Currumbin and young guns Terranora.

The heavy rollers were brought out to prepare the ground after last week's heavy rain interrupted preparation.

Salk has not been used since the end of the Australian Rules season in September, with curators working hard to get it ready for action. PBC has been using its second ground at Galleon Way in recent weeks.

Both defending premiers PBC and Terranora are undefeated after the first three rounds.

"We are probably going back to Salk a game too early," PBC captain Jason Lavender said. "But we have to get back there sometime."

There have been complaints in recent weeks about the condition of the Galleon Way ground.

Both teams have made one change for the match, with John Doherty returning to second grade to make way for Robin Holmes, one of two visiting Englishmen in the PBC team, while Terranora will be boosted by the return of Lucas Frey.

The defending prem- iers hold no fear for the young Terranora team who have only narrowly missed beating them in the past two years and are looking even stronger this season.

"We are pretty confident," Terranora's Mick Gray said. "They just got away last year and they were able to dig their way out of trouble the year before - we know we are very capable of beating them."

He said the team had been putting in some good team performances to win its games and confidence was high, but they needed a standout.

"The first three (games) were good team efforts although Troy (Newton) has bowled well," Lavender said.



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