Diggers dumped again!
By GREG WHITE
IT turned out a case of "business as usual", according to outgoing captain Chris Neal, as four-times premiers Sawtell cruised to a comfortable first innings win over Diggers Ex-Services on the weekend.
The grand final replay was as good as over when Sawtell passed Diggers' first innings total of 163 an hour after the match resumed before declaring at 9-221 against their injury-struck opponents.
"We thought it would be good to give the younger blokes a turn at bowling and in the case of Chris Lawry, our new recruit from Urunga, what happened was unbelievable," Neal said.
Under the rules applying to teenaged players, 18-year-old Lawry was restricted to eight overs.
But during his spell he delivered five maidens while finishing with figures of 4-8 as he smashed the Diggers middle order.
He was aided by Ben Davis who proved he's not just handy with the bat by picking up the crucial wicket of Tom Bishop when it seemed their old rivals were about to get a new lease of life.
The newly-capped Emu also contributed 65, following on from his 58 and 129 last weekend for North Coast/Mid North Coast at the Colts carnival in Tamworth.
As the afternoon wore on the pressure grew on Diggers.
They'd already lost Scott Herbert to a shoulder injury last weekend and with another batsman called away they'd simply run out of numbers by the time the change of innings was called.
"It means we only get the win on the first innings," Neal explained, "but that's not a problem."