Tight battle for Colts and Lakes
WITH points, pride, bragging rights and seemingly everything else on the line, this afternoon’s LJ Hooker League derby between local rivals South Tweed and Terranora is set to be a gem.
With Cudgen firmly cemented as the team to beat not only on the Tweed but throughout the entire Far North Coast after six rounds, it’s not about being the best for these two outfits, but about being better than their long-term foe.
Furthermore, with both sides keen to hone in on the top four before Christmas, the points on offer (seven) are at a premium, and the sledging thrown around Dave Burns Field promises to be at its finest.
When the two sides clashed in a one-dayer last year it was the Lakes boys who ran away convincing 108-run victors.
However Colts boast a significantly stronger squad this campaign, and with their Gold Coast imports starting to fire, this match promises to be an entirely different fixture.
Having withstood a difficult draw in the opening rounds, South Tweed rallied together and posted three impressive victories in their past four outings to climb into eighth spot on the 14-team ladder.
Terranora on the other hand have faired the polar, and after a good start to the season have slipped down the ladder to ninth, with a three-game losing streak.
Hence, Colts skipper Jack Boote believes now is the perfect time for his men to strike, and says his boys will be out to impress on home soil.
“Across the board we have a much-better ability of cricketer this year, and we’ve started to develop some good habits in our last few games so we’re looking forward to it,” he said.
“They’ll always step up when it comes to playing against us, but we’re ready for it.
“It’s going to be a good game, a good grudge match with a bit of ill-feeling.
“We have a good steady bowling attack and have identified two players we need to get into, and first on my radar is Craig Bonnor.”
With the exception of Doug Hawkins for Colts, both sides enter the clash at full strength.
Elsewhere, Murwillumbah will be looking for win number one when they host fellow strugglers Lismore Workers at Rabjones Oval, while Cudgen are against Brunswick/Byron, Pottsville clash with Casino, Marist Brothers meet Alstonville, Southern Districts tackle Tintenbar and Lennox Head host Ballina.