STAR POWER: South Grafton High School all rounder Angela Payne in action for the school earlier this month
STAR POWER: South Grafton High School all rounder Angela Payne in action for the school earlier this month

Quick singles

THE next big date on the Clarence cricket calendar is the Bananacoast Community Credit Union and CRCA presentation night on Saturday at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club.

The individual, team and club trophies and the president's summary of the season are all significant events, but a successful presentation is more than just a sum of its parts.

The 2004-2005 season has been one of the most competitive in recent times, and although the Westlawn club finished on top, the season was in issue to the last day.

Getting a good turn out for the presentation night will round off the season and ensure momentum con- tinues for the next one.

-ALREADY the 2005-2006 season should be occupying the minds of cricket administrators throughout the Clarence Valley.

The CRCA will be looking hard for a replacement president and secretary -? at least -? as current supremo Bruce Baxter and his offsider Bill Wynn have made no secret of their decision to call it quits.

The loss of their experience will present a big challenge next season, but as is the case in these situations, this challenge also presents opportunities.

Quick Singles has had the pleasure of working at close quarters with both these fine cricketers and administrators and is aware that they will be a hard act to follow.

-THE other aspect of next season that will interest cricketers over the winter will be the possibility of a combined Clarence Valley first grade competition.

This idea seemed to gain momentum during the season, with administrators at either end of the Valley confident the plan would go ahead next season.

However, there seemed to be resistance from some players, particularly on the Lower River, who began to question the need for it.

In reality merging competitions has become the norm all around the country in the past 10 years as changing work patterns and alternative sports make inroads into player numbers.

In fact 10 years ago, the competitions did merge to form the premier league.

-THE Coutts Crossing Cricket Club will hold its 26th annual presentation at the Coutts Crossing Tavern on April 23.

Terry Brien said the club must know numbers for catering purposes by April 10.

Contact your team captain or coach if you intend going to the evening, which will kick off at 6.30pm.

-THE CRCA juniors have scored a huge coup for their presentation night -? securing NSW Pura Cup bowler Stuart Clark as their guest speaker next Wednesday.

Clark has been one of the State's leading fast bowlers in recent years and a player considered on the fringe of international cricket.

In fact if he had been been born on the next group of islands to the east of Australia, he would probably have more than 100 Test wickets by now.

The juniors will hold their presentation in the South Grafton High School multipurpose centre on Wednesday April 6.

The presentation begins from 5pm.

-THE Brothers Cricket Club is holding its presentation night this Friday in the Grafton City Services Bowling Club.

The club is charging $25 a single and $45 a double for a great night out.

Club president Corey Bertali said it would club members past and present could pay at the door on Friday.

"With the CRCA presentations on Saturday, it's going to a big weekend. It will take us all next week to dry out," he said.

-THE South Grafton High School girls cricket team plays its semifinal match against a strong Wellington High School team today.

The team travelled down to Bathurst by bus yesterday for the game, guaranteed two games of cricket.

If successful today, the will play in the grand final tomorrow.

Should they miss out, they play off for third and fourth tomorrow.

Whatever the result, this team has performed way above what was expected from them at the start of the season.

As well, they have been an or- nament to the game.


Gilchrist's amazing summer continues at international level.

Such has been the Australian dominance Gilchrist has only had three bats in the Tests, scoring two centuries and a 60 not out.

The Kiwis are looking shellshocked every time he comes to wicket and in the third Test were probably saved from conceding another century when he ran out of partners.

In fact, it was probably the decision to put Jason Gillespie in as night watchman that cost him a chance at a hat trick of tons.

His combination of clean striking and willingness to attack deliveries many players would defend on New Zealand's tiny grounds makes him almost impossible to bowl to.

-QUICK Singles noted Shane Warne's mobile phone habits have again surfaced in the news.

As with another incident involving Kiwi Darryl Tuffey who was caught in a compromising position with a young lady, this seems to be a gross invasion of privacy by some pretty unscrupulous people.

For his sins, he has been fined a hefty amount by New Zealand cricket officials for some sort of breach of con- tract.

In Tuffey's case he was filmed by a couple of tourists without his consent doing something in private that is his own business.

Someone prepared to 'reveal all' to a media outlet for a tidy sum has apparently announced Warne's latest 'indiscretion'.

Give us -? and them -? a break.

It's too late for sports stars to escape this downside of celebrity, but it's ugly intrusive and in appalling taste.

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