Andrews destroys Diggers
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
AN INSPIRED spell by Sawtell opening bowler Ben Andrews paved the way for another comfortable Sawtell victory, this time over Diggers Ex-Services.
In the space of 16 balls Andrews took 4-1 to rip through the Diggers top order before finishing with the impressive figures of 5-23.
It was a spell that Diggers never recovered from as they were dismissed for a paltry 80 in only 25 overs.
Stand-in skipper for the Diggers team Roger Oates was the first to admit that Andrews was the reason that his team suffered defeat.
"He bowled very well, very quick and he moved the ball around a lot," he said of his opponents stellar performance.
"Obviously we missed Pat (Martin) and Steve (Meakins) as they've been our two most consistent performers all year but Ben in particular was the difference in the game."
Andrews has only recently returned to the line-up after completing his university studies for the year and already the right arm quick has made an impact following on from his three wicket haul last weekend against the Coffs Hotel Tigers.
Andrews' captain Todd Gill couldn't be happier with the form his opening bowler has displayed since his return.
"He's a very handy individual to have in the team," Gill said.
"Everyone knows that he can bat a bit too."
Gill was very quick to concur with Oates' summation of the match and Andrews' impact on it.
"Basically he destroyed Diggers," the victorious skipper said.
"He was bowling quick and big late inswingers.
"He was on a hat trick at one stage and he only missed it by a narrow margin."
Sawtell made light work of the run chase in the end thanks to a half century stand between Gill and Glen Johnson and reached the target in the 17th over of the innings.
"It looked like it was going to storm as we went out to bat so we picked it up a bit," Gill explained of the rapid run chase.
"That's how we've always batted anyway, if the ball's there to be hit we just hit it."
There were some nervous moments though as Diggers slim chances of victory were given a boost by taking three early wickets.
Alas it was not to be but Oates was pleased that his charges refused to throw in the towel.
"Really you're never going to defend 80 but I was happy we took five wickets," he said.
"We weren't necessarily disgraced as we fought hard right to the end."