Chance to make final statement
TERRANORA has failed to fire for much of its 2010/11 LJ Hooker League campaign.
One of the fancied finalists pre-season, the Lakes boys have been doused in six of their 11 cricket contests.
That negative record, coupled with two washed-out draws, has left the team camped in 10th spot with two rounds remaining.
However, while Terranora’s finals hopes have gone up in smoke, fans will be hoping there is still plenty of fire left in the bellies.
And if there is one team sure to spark a Terranora resurgence in the quest for win No.4, it’s long-term foe and cross-town derby rival South Tweed.
Another fancied Tweed outfit on its early-season form, the Colts too have been guilty of blowing hot and cold, registering five wins and four losses to sit sixth.
Historically there has never been much between the two teams and with both clubs recording wins last-start, home-ground advantage at Bilambil might just edge it to victory.
Colts skipper Matt Bedford, however, is confident his troops can keep their slim hopes of a top-four finish on track.
With South Tweed’s finals hopes pinned firmly on an outright win this afternoon, Bedford said he expected his big guns to come out firing.
Even then though the results of Ballina’s match with Alstonville and Tintenbar’s clash with Pottsville would need to go the way of the Colts clan to keep their hopes alive.
“We’re a long shot, but we’re nothing if we lose so it’s super important we win today,” Bedford said.
“I said at the start of the year 70 points would get you to the finals and I fear we’ve not quite got there this year.
“Terranora have a good bowling attack so we need to bat as well as we can and hope our bowling takes care of it from there.”
Despite their see-sawing season, South Tweed players have a strong presence in the champion player standings, with three players among the top 25.
In a developing side it’s been the experienced heads who have stood tall, with wicketkeeper Bedford, bowler Daniel Hawkins and all-rounder Paul Dhillon leading the way.
“We’ve enjoyed ourselves as a group and everyone’s really progressed as the season’s gone along, particularly the regular guys,” Bedford said.
“If I knew at season’s start we would lose a captain from last year and a captain during the year, I’d expect us to be down the table, so to be in sixth is a fair effort.”
Pottsville can lend South Tweed a huge helping hand and at the same time guarantee it won’t repeat last year’s wooden spoon effort should it topple Tintenbar at Seabreeze this afternoon.
Games start at 1pm.