Eastern attraction - Flat track bully
By STEVE SPINKS and PAUL ATTEWELL
THE East Asia Pacific team playing in Lismore this Friday and Saturday should be well worth a look.
It performed creditably in the Australian Country Championship at Mt Gambier last summer and will use the games at Oakes Oval as part of its preparation for the carnival this season, to be played on grounds in Lismore and other Far North Coast towns.
East Asia Pacific comprises the best players from South-East Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Flat Track Bully saw some of the final of the South Pacific Games cricket competition in Suva, Fiji, last year and boy, some of the Papua New Guinea batsmen in particular can really hit a ball.
The games will also be a good test of how the Oakes Oval wicket is shaping up for the most important cricket carnival to be played on the Far North Coast.
Easy on the ump
WHAT is it with sports coaches and captains these days?
Sometimes you might just need to admit you weren't quite good enough, rather than putting the boot into the referee or, in this case, the umpire.
After Workers were bowled out for only 13 in the second innings of their FNC LJ Hooker League match against Norths-Goonellabah RSL, a Lismore weekly newspaper reported Workers captain Les McGuire as being 'completely ropeable' with the umpire.
Casting an eye over the scores, two batsmen were out caught behind and two leg-before-wicket.
One of the batsmen caught behind told Flat Track Bully on the day that he'd definitely edged his.
That leaves three decisions that could be considered contentious.
Even if two of those decisions were poor, it still leaves eight batsmen looking for another excuse.
The pitch? Inexperienced batting? Good bowling? Perhaps all three.
Better still, perhaps the other blokes were just a bit good on the day.
Whatever it was, an umpire would need to have the game of his life to help a full team get bowled out for 13.
WHAT is it with Australia and chasing low totals for victory?
Aussie Test teams past and present just seem to have a problem chasing small totals in the second innings.
Take the fourth Test against India last week.
A world-class professional cricket team should have made the required 107 runs for victory.
A lot has been made of the pitch and the fact the match was a dead-rubber with Australia already winning the series in the previous Test.
However, when a number nine batsman on debut (Nathan Hauritz) makes more runs than four top-order batsman put together something is wrong.
I know Australia wants to bat positively, but surely a judicious and committed batting display would have won the game easily.
Test cut short
STILL on the Australia v India Test series and one Goonellabah man must have been a bit disappointed with Australia's capitulation after only three days.
Stan Gilchrist, father of Australian wicketkeeper and vice-captain Adam, flew over early last week to soak up the atmosphere of cricket in India.
Unfortunately, Stan's dash to catch the fourth Test proved to be a little fruitless.
The first day was mainly washed out, and then the Test finished two days after that.
He must have been wondering if the 10,000km trip was worth the effort.
However, that thought would have been quickly put out of Stan's thoughts when he saw Adam and captain Ricky Ponting raise the Border/Gavaskar trophy for the first time.
River runs short
EVANS River K-12 was brought down to earth with a thud last Friday.
After winning their first ever Opens schoolboy fixture over Alstonville High in a Davison Shield match two weeks ago, the team would have held out high hopes coming up against Lismore High.
However, the Lismore school was far too strong rolling the inexperienced Evans River team for 88.
Interestingly, Wes Koskela, the young left-handed dynamo who spanked 172 not out for Evans against Alstonville High, was still in fine form.
He made 45.