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Mitchell's switch is no hitch at start of first grade season

Cricket Sawtell v Colts action at Richardson Park. Photo: Bruce Thomas
Cricket Sawtell v Colts action at Richardson Park. Photo: Bruce Thomas

IT'S been a spectacular start to the CHDCA first grade season for Sawtell's Trent Mitchell.

The Sawtell skipper has been in sensational form with the bat scoring 296 runs from only three games with an incredible average of 89.7.

With its star all rounder finding an abundance of runs at the top of the order, reigning premier Sawtell has raced to a fast start with two wins and a draw from its opening fixtures.

Mitchell believes keeping it simple has been the secret to his success.

"It has been a great feeling scoring runs on a consistent basis," Mitchell said

"Being patient has helped my game.

"Sometimes there is the temptation to go looking to score from every ball but you need to keep composed and the runs will come."

A forced early season move by the Sawtell captain to open the batting has proven to be an inspired decision.

"I prefer playing further down the order at four or five however we had too many players wanting to bat in the middle order and not enough willing to take the crease first," he said.

"It was a bit of a sacrifice; however as captain you need to worry about what is best for the team.

"As it has turned out I think the move has paid off."

Today Sawtell travels back to Dorrigo for the second day of its clash at Rowe Oval and will be looking to build on its lead from a week ago.

"It was a lively wicket last Saturday which made it tough for both sides," Mitchell said.

"If conditions are similar this weekend anyone will be capable of winning.

"Dorrigo have a strong young side and Justin Gilbert can be very dangerous on his day, so we need to stay composed."

Topics:  coffs harbour, district cricket association, sawtell, trent mitchell


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