Diggers bowl Bellingen over
A MASSIVE bowling effort from a string of teenagers has paved the way for Diggers Ex-Services to claim the premiership in the reformed fifth grade competition.
The Coffs Harbour Association's lowest grade was started up again this year for the first time in five years and it was the kids who steered the Diggers home against Bellingen.
With play at Jetty Oval completely washed out on the first day runs were hard to come by on the soft outfield in the reduced overs clash.
Diggers batted first and the game was set up by a 77 run sixth wicket partnership between teenage pair Tim Davis (39) and Scott Leeson (33) which steered their team to 147.
As captain of the victorious Diggers outfit, Tim Hedditch was delighted with the final total.
"We were rapt with 147 as we set ourselves a target of 135," he admitted.
"We work really hard in the field so we weren't worried about batting out the overs, we decided to just go for the runs."
The total could've been larger if not for the efforts of Bellingen's young opening bowler James Brownlee.
The 15-year-old left-armer took 3-11 of his five overs to restrict the Diggers score.
In reply Bellingen crumbled.
The score reached 13 without loss but isn't considered an unlucky number for nothing.
Bellingen lost 4-7 and from there were always behind the eight ball before finally being dismissed for 58.