Club backs young guns
Having made no secret about the fact that they are in the process of rebuilding, Pottsville officials have no illusions about their 2009-10 LJ Hooker League prospects.
Pottsville were hammered in their opening round contest away to Lismore Workers and look set for another flogging after a disappointing start to their Round Two encounter with Terranora.
However, the club has no intentions of letting this year go to waste.
They want to develop the talent they have coming through like Masters and be a considerable force by season's close.
“We're looking to the future,” captain Nick Watt said.
“Last year was a terrible one and this year hasn't started much better but that is often the case when a team is rebuilding.
“We have a lot of new guys already and possible some more to come so we basically have a new team and it's going to take a while until things start to click.
“We have some really good young blokes coming through and hopefully we can build on a few things for next season.
“Our aim is to be a lot more competitive towards the end of the season.”
With Seabreeze Oval looking pristine, Watt won the toss on Saturday and sent his men into bat.
However, the move backfired with only three players registering double figures as the home side were embarrassingly toppled for just 76.
“We just didn't do anything with the bat,” Watt said.
“The pitch looked really brilliant so we wanted to bat first but we didn't make the most of it.
“Their strike guys got the ball swinging and they did some damage early.”
While the Pottsville batsmen had struggled the bowlers, including 15-year-old Masters, were quick to find their rhythm.
Spurred on by his cheap dismissal with the bat, the NSW representative paceman provided the early breakthrough when he caught opener Adam Rogers (1) plum in front.
The teenager then ripped one into Chad Harvey's (27) stumps to reduce Terranora to 2-41 and provide the home side with a flicker of hope.
Nathan Wilson fanned the flame when he dismissed Luke Baker for a duck and when Craig Bonnor (9) was run out, Pottsville had Terranora in trouble at 4-47.
However, Josh Bonnor (32) and Michael McDonald (29) combined to steady the ship for Terranora.
An unbeaten half-century from Luke McMahon and a solid dig from Andrew Ridgewell (18) ensured Terranora finished the day on top.
“We almost had them at 5-50 but a catch went down and heads dropped,” Watt said.
“Dylan found his line and length early and was the best of our bowlers but overall it was a pretty disappointing performance.”
Terranora will resume Saturday on 7-174 and will be looking to add to their tally quick before sending Pottsville back in and play for the outright win.
McMahon looks set for man of the match honours, with figures of 4-14 from seven overs to add to his half century.
Meanwhile South Tweed are in for an exciting second day in the match with reigning premiers Ballina at Dave Burns Field.
With a well-constructed 46, skipper Jack boote was again the Colts' best on the opening day but was closely followed by new signing Tom Dubelaar.
Batting at 10, Dubelaar added a valuable 25 runs in a last-wicket stand with Brett Baldey (33) before snaring both the Ballina openers to finish with 2-29 from seven.
Chasing the home side's 188, Ballina will resume on 2-88 when play resumes next Saturday.