Colts fly under the radar
CRICKET: South Tweed Colts are set to unleash an aggressive brand of cricket in an effort to crack the top four of the LJ Hooker Cricket League.
Sitting in sixth position on the ladder heading into the second half of the season, Colts have been blessed with an appealing draw that will give them the chance they need to make up nine points on Marist Brothers Lismore in fourth spot.
While the top sides devour each other in a series of blockbuster clashes over the next three months, the Colts will fly under the radar, with games against four sides on the bottom half of the table.
But captain Jack Boote said South Tweed wasn’t taking anything for granted and was sticking to the old “one game at a time” adage.
“We can’t get too excited about what could be. We are definitely concentrating on what is ahead at the present,” Boote said.
Matches against Marist Brothers and fifth-placed Alstonville will prove crucial to South Tweed’s chances, but Boote said he wasn’t thinking any further ahead than a vital clash this weekend.
“Our biggest test will be against Tintenbar-East Ballina, which has some very good players,” he said.
Colts have momentum heading into the battle, having won their last three, but Boote said his side needed to be at its best to win.
“We are going to need really good performances for the rest of the year,” Boote said.
“We want to win outright and will be playing some aggressive cricket to get those wins.”
To pick up outright points the weather will also prove crucial, as too many wet days will cruel any chance of a late charge.
Boote is still looking for improvement from the South Tweed players, admitting the batting line-up had been “fragile” all year and the Colts bowlers had sent down far too many loose deliveries.
“We are starting to take a few wickets, which is a positive for us, and we are stringing a few wins together, but still have room for improvement in batting and bowling.”
He said he was looking for something special from star batsman Tait Burns for the rest of the season.
“I am counting on him to turn it on when it counts and I want to see him get some big scores,” Boote said.
He said Joe Walle had been an “absolute asset” as the season progressed, as had the Dubelaar brothers, and Ian Smith had also proved an invaluable signing.