Andrew Mackay bowls for South Tweed Colts last weekend.
Andrew Mackay bowls for South Tweed Colts last weekend. SCOTT POWICK

Rain could end Colts run

RAIN may once and for all end South Tweed Colts’ LJ Hooker League finals aspirations today.

Colts vice-president Tony McDonald was ready for today’s second day of hostilities against Terranora to be called off because of inclement weather Thursday and yesterday.

Sixth-placed Colts needed an outright win in the final two rounds to make a surprise finals appearance, but yesterday afternoon the word was Dave Burns Field would be unplayable today.

“There is every chance the game will be called off,” McDonald said yesterday.

“We were obviously looking forward to playing this weekend ... we can’t make it now if we can’t play Terranora. We needed to win outright in our last two games to keep our finals hopes alive, and the results last week didn’t go our way either.”

South Tweed is at long odds to pick up an outright win in the final round, considering it comes up against top-two side Cudgen.

South Tweed gave itself every chance of securing an outright victory, after taking first innings points last week.

Dougie Hawkins had his best game of the season, finishing with eight wickets as Terranora were dismissed for 98 runs.

Colts overhauled that total and ended the day at 9-114.

Should play get under way today the Colts will declare immediately and try and bowl Terranora out cheaply again.

“We will put them straight back in there, so we can bowl and try and get them out as quick as we can,” McDonald said.

McDonald was ruing this season’s weather in more ways than one yesterday, saying some other teams had slipped ahead of the Colts thanks to playing less games.

Whether Colts make the finals or not, McDonald said the team had made the best of a dramatic season, where its captain abandoned the side mid-season.

“Considering the year we have had, we have played exceptionally well.”

The ageing side will farewell a number of players to retirement at season’s end.

Butch McDonald has already played his last game due to work commitments.

Terranora are well out of finals contention in 10th.



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