Sawtell's top-scorer Ben Andrews crunches a John Lovett delivery as he builds that match-winning innings of 57 runs.
Sawtell's top-scorer Ben Andrews crunches a John Lovett delivery as he builds that match-winning innings of 57 runs. Gemima Harvey

Another amazing Andrews afternoon with cricket bat and balls

IF YOU can find a bookmaker shouting odds on which player is currently the most valuable in Coffs Harbour District Cricket, slap a large wad of cash on Sawtell's Ben Andrews.

Not for the first time this season, all-rounder Andrews has been the dominant factor in a win by the premiers.

Against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Richardson Park it was with the bat ... then with the ball.

Colts won the toss and gave Sawtell first use of the crease.

That decision was crucial with the home side losing the first two wickets with just six runs on the board.

However, the innings turned on a valuable knock of 57 by Andrews and a late contribution of 29 by skipper Dave Angus that helped the side total 135 for the 37 overs in the middle.

For Colts, Nii Ollennu was best by taking 4-25 including two maidens in his nine over stint.

In normal terms for the 'kings' of 45-over matches it wasn't a fantastic score but that didn't matter when Andrews cut loose with his bowling.

He totally destroyed the Colts top order.

First Alec Baldwin was dismissed for three runs, and then in order - Nathan Gett (no score), Ian Slapp (2), Craig Haworth (2) and Ben Sims (3) - before Brad Lewis managed to elbow his way in for a piece of the action by removing Mitchell Weeden.

Andrews returned figures of 7-26 as Colts' afternoon ended in the 22nd over on 51 runs.

Once Lewis chimed in, the tail had no chance.

His four overs included two maidens and figures of 2-4 against his name.

Sawtell (again) head into the summer holiday break as unbeaten competition leaders from seven wins and one draw.



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