Colts ready to Boote South Tweed
ACCORDING to their skipper, it’s time to put the “Boote” into South Tweed.
Camped in eighth spot on the LJ Hooker League ladder with a mediocre 50:50 (4:4) win-loss ratio, having failed to put away Tintenbar-East Ballina last weekend, Colts cannot afford to let another win slip through their fingers if they are to have any hope of a a top-four finish.
This afternoon they clash with 10th-placed Lennox Head at Dave Burns Field in what is a do-or-die encounter for both outfits, and the Colts captain is calling upon his men to stand up and be counted.
“The season is on the line today as far as I’m concerned,” Colts captain Jack Boote said.
“I don’t know what’s gone wrong lately, but it stops today
“We have the guys to get the job done, but we’re just not clicking.
“Everything that could have gone wrong last weekend did, and it’s no one’s fault but our own; our bats- men didn’t stand up, our bowlers were all over the shop, and we can’t expect to get anywhere when we play like that.
“We must turn it around today on our home pitch, in front of our home fans, and play the type of cricket we’re capable of producing.
“There’s no excuses; we can turn our season around and get back to where we should be.”
A win today could potentially elevate Colts as high as sixth on the ladder, just one win adrift of a top-four berth.
Boasting, in theory at least, one of the competition’s easier runs home, Colts would then be in a good position to sneak into the final four should results go their way in the course of the next month.
“On paper we have an easy run home, but if we maintain our current form I’m telling you now they won’t be easy,” Boote said.
“They’ll all be hard, and we don’t deserve to be calling anyone easybeats the way we’ve been playing lately.
“But I won’t let the boys give up, because mathematically we’re a chance of making the finals, and as long as it’s possible, we’ll be pushing for it.”
Just one point adrift of South Tweed, Terranora finds itself in a similar boat entering its match against Lismore Workers at Bilambil this afternoon.
Leigh Baker’s men have endured an up-and-down season thus far, but, like Colts, boast the firepower to challenge any team on the run home, and could also pose a threat to the four as late bolters.
Meanwhile third-placed Cudgen will be looking to further cement their finals berth with a comprehensive victory away to wooden spooners Pottsville at Seabreeze Oval. Murwillumbah face Tintenbar.