Cricketers in need of waist management

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

A BANANACOAST Community Credit Union Premier League cricket wag, who preferred to remain unidentified, reckons umpires will have to come up with a new dismissal term when cricket in the Clarence Valley resumes this weekend after the Festive season break.

"From what I've seen of a couple of players who have spelled too well during the break they will have to invent a new term -- WBW -waist before wicket," he laughed.

"And if one bloke bends over too far when he's bowling, his strides will snap open and the umpires will call him for belly wicket damage."

Jokes aside, the second half of the Premier League and Lower Clarence competition enters the business end of the season.

Undefeated Premier League pace setters Harwood Hilton have opened up a good lead over four-time successive premiers, Westlawn Crown Hotel.

Affable cane farmer Tim McMahon and his band of raiders from Lower have indicated with authorative wins they are the team to beat this year.

New additions like opener Geoff Simmons, Greg Firth and Kane Aeschlimann have added impitus and strike power to Harwood who, while often criticised as dour in the past, now have the batsman to keep the score board ticking over.

Westlawn, not the same formidable force as in previous years however, showed late in the season they are still capable of winning matches even with a reduced team line up.

Skipper Tony Blanch is a wily competitor and has enough guile to conjure the best from his men when most wanted.

The young Brothers Post Office Hotel side, despite only one win for the season, sit third just in advance of South Services with two wins.

South are the team I expect to string together a couple of wins and again challenge for another grand final berth. They have a talented young line up, Matt Kroehnert with bat and ball in particular has been in fine form. The South motor has stuttered a couple of times but should fire up for the important run home.

Brothers, under Corey Bertalli have a strong batting line up and with better penetration in the bowling department could cause a few headaches to the top three.

GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst has promised much, but are yet to fully deliver.

The Harwood-Westlawn clash at Yamba Oval should be a bottler on Saturday while South take on Tucabia at Ellem Oval.

In the Lower Clarence competition last season's premiers Maclean United have begun to assert its authority leading this season with 60 points ahead of Yamba (51).

Wanderers (45) and the plucky Lawrence outfit (37) have given notice they are capable of matching the top two, but consistency has been a problem.

Harwood (27), who on paper looked to be a threat this season, are a better side than their last place suggests, but fielding a full strength side has to date proven difficult.

United tackle Yamba at Barry Watts and Lawrence take on Wanderers at Lawrence.



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