Old habits hard to break
CRCA CRICKET: Peculiar habits and idiosyncrasies are commonplace on the cricket pitch, whether it be the constant fidgeting of Steve Smith, repetitively readjusting protective gear like Ian Chappell or, in the case of Steve Waugh, a red handkerchief in the pocket.
Those who have played with Tucabia-Copmanhurst all-rounder Chris Adamson know he, too, has his own unique traits.
Whenever the right handed batsman comes to the crease to start his innings, he marks his centre guard by hammering in the leg bail into the pitch with the top of the bat - a method most famously utilised by West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Most players grind a straight line with their boot spikes.
"I picked that up from Greg Watkins many years ago," Adamson said.
"It makes it a lot easier. When there's so many scratches around the crease, you know it's your mark.
"You've only got to watch (teammate) Matthew Pigg. If he gets into a zone and he's set, he will just scratch away at that mark every ball. If I can see that hole in the wicket, I know where my mark is.
"I don't think it's a superstition as such, just a habit I've got, like when I call out 'bowling' all the time."
And yes, he certainly does. When teams come up against Adamson, opposition bowlers receive instant appraisal for their good work - from the batsman himself.
"I can't explain it," he said. "It's just some silly habit I got into that's very hard to break.
"When you get out to a ball that you've said that to it makes it more ridiculous.
"If I pick up that it's a ball I'm not going to score off and will need to keep out, it just comes out."
Adamson will be hoping to blurt out 'bowling' many times today and help his side post a competitive total against Harwood at Ulmarra Showground. Likewise, he'll be hoping for the sentiment to be returned with ball in hand.
"Our bowlers have got to take early wickets," he said. "We can't just rely on Brad Chard to get all the wickets, myself included.
Tucabia is guaranteed a place in the finals, barring the unlikely scenario of losing to Harwood coupled with South Services and Coutts Crossing either drawing or finishing in a tie. But according to Adamson that does not diminish the importance of the match.
"Most previous years we've got ourselves on winning notes leading into the finals. But this year it's a little different and we've had to work hard for our wins.
"We're under no illusion we've got to perform this week if we're to have any confidence or momentum going into the finals."