Exciting match ends in tie
Bellingen/Dorrigo and Diggers Ex-Services turned in a cricketing rarity at Connell Park on Saturday.
Diggers won the toss and after a string of misadventures were all out for 133.
Less than forty over's later, Bellingen/Dorrigo had been routed for an identical tally, resulting in a tied game.
"I've seen some strange things on a cricket field but this was almost bizarre," a still stunned Diggers captain Steve Meakins said.
"The ground was slow and some of the fielding from both sides was atrocious.
"Except for one person, I imagine everyone's mind was on the Christmas holidays."
That one person to whom Meakins was referring, was Bello all rounder, Adam Hudson, who put the rot into the Diggers innings with the ball before adding a critical knock in his own club's reply.
"We were fairly comfortable at 1-63 before Adam changed the complexion of the day," Meakins said.
In a match-altering spell, Hudson removed five batsmen to shatter any comfort Diggers were feeling.
Hudson sent Nathan Silvy back to the stand with a 'golden duck' on his record.
Not to be outdone, Sean Weick played the same trick on Troy Herbert before Justin Gilbert gave Terry Herbert a similar dose of first ball removal.
If there was one blemish on Hudson's game it was the over supply of wide's he tossed up that on a different day may have allowed Diggers to escape by a run or two.
Bellingen's innings was held together by the bowlers, especially Justin Gilbert.
He survived the dismissal of seven partners before being last man out on 42 to the bowling of Pat Martin.
None of his partners reached double figures, except for Hudson's 30, with sloppy fielding having a part to play in the level result.
"We dropped Justin twice when a little alertness would have sent him away," Meakins admitted.
"Every game between the clubs seems to go down to the wire but I doubt we'll see one this close for quite a while."