Batsmen hit rivals for six

Coffs Harbour batsman Andrew Mainey goes on the attack in his innings of 25 against Hastings River on Sunday.
Coffs Harbour batsman Andrew Mainey goes on the attack in his innings of 25 against Hastings River on Sunday.


YOU could have bowled a Tic-Tac to Todd Gill at the weekend and he still would have sent it flying into orbit.

Gill was in the type of form every batsman dreams about.

Two innings for two centuries with 14 sixes, 18 fours and a total of 219 runs from 176 balls.

On Saturday, Gill bludgeoned 115 from 92 balls for Sawtell against West Coffs before producing more fireworks in Sunday's Country Cup representative fixture against Hastings Valley district.

Gill smashed 104 off 86 balls to lead Coffs to a mammoth 9-285 from 44 overs, which proved too great a task for Hastings, who were bowled out for 253.

While Gill was undoubtedly the star of the weekend, Nana Glen's Damien Elks also enjoyed rare form.

Like Gill, Elks carried his awesome club form into the representative match after clubbing 79 not out off 55 balls against Colts on Saturday.

Elks, a late call-up for Coffs Harbour on Sunday, drilled 47 from 27 balls to land the knock-out blow after Gill's ton left the visitors punch-drunk.

"I don't think I have seen so many sixes hit as Todd and Damien hit," Coffs Harbour captain Craig Haworth said.

Most of Coffs' top-order got among the runs, with Jordan Moran notching 29, Andrew Mainey 25 and Brad Greenshields 21.

"The whole side did a good job with the bat," Haworth enthused.

"Even the blokes who didn't score a lot of runs hung around and did enough to keep the ball rolling.

"Partnerships were the most important part of our innings."

Hastings won the toss and sent Coffs in on a wicket that was slightly damp after receiving overnight rain.

The decision appeared a good one when the home side stuttered to 3-62 after 13 overs.

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