Missing bowlers big blow to Colts
SOUTH Tweed Colts will enter its crucial LJ Hooker League cricket clash with Ballina today without the bowling partnership that took five wickets in its convincing win over Lennox Head last round.
Dougie Hawkins and Martin Mawson will miss the Colts’ game at Fripp Oval today in what club vice-president Tony McDonald described as a huge blow.
Hawkins in particular was impressive against Lennox Head, taking 4-17 from his eight overs.
“We will have two players miss Saturday’s game and that doesn’t help our cause whatsoever,” McDonald said.
“It is a little bit unwelcome for such an important game, but we can’t do anything about it.”
“Ballina are coming off a disappointing loss to Murwillumbah last weekend and we are expecting a vastly improved side when we play against them (today).”
But McDonald definitely isn’t writing his team off, with his brother Butch McDonald a valuable inclusion on return from injury. Phil Dhillon has also been in consistent form with the bat and Blake Reynolds has a big score just around the corner.
McDonald will look to Aaron Chapman, who took 2-14 last week, to shoulder extra responsibility as the side’s leading bowler.
Second grade players will fill the spots made available by Hawkins and Mawson, but McDonald said the decision on who would be promoted hadn’t been made yet.
Lennox and Ballina Bears are hanging on to third and fourth positions on the ladder, just one point ahead of Tintenbar-East Ballina, Marist Brothers and Colts.
The Colts restricted Lennox to just 82 runs last weekend after posting 145 runs.
McDonald said Colts’ emphasis last week was batting out its 40 overs, then heaping pressure on Lennox in the field.
The side will take a similar mindset into today’s clash against some fragile Ballina batsmen.
“Ballina only made 80-odd against Murwillumbah, so hopefully they can keep that form up this weekend,” McDonald said.