Junior district double
COFFS Harbour's junior cricket fraternity is as proud as punch this week after grabbing two inter-district titles on the weekend against more fancied opponents.
The local competition had qualified for each of the three finals played on Sunday but went into all of them as clear underdogs which made the clear victories in the under 12's and under 14's all the more special.
A massive batting collapse from the Lower Clarence batsman paved the way for the under 14's at Yamba.
The last eight wickets fell for only 21 runs as Lower Clarence limped to 104.
Captain Joe Willman ripped through the middle-order as he claimed three scalps while receiving strong support from David Angus, Michael Singh and Nathan Hinton with two wickets each.
There were some heart flutters early in the chase as Coffs Harbour found themselves in a dodgy position at 3-35 but an unbeaten 40 by Alec Duly steadied the ship as he paired up with Trent Staham (22) to ease the excited team home with five wickets to spare.
The under 12 final at Dorrigo was played to a very similar script as the team batting first struggled to post a competitive total and paid the price for it.
Coffs Harbour's Trent Deirick and Matt Seeco shared the last six wickets as they rolled Nambucca-Bellingen for only 81.
In reply, opening batsman Jack O'Neill carried his bat through to the end to make his 31 and steer his side past some early wobbles when three quick wickets fell early.
The under 16's were the only team to miss out on grabbing the premiership thanks to a century stand from the Clarence River openers.
From that point on, Coffs Harbour were always behind the eight ball despite three wickets from Tim Davis and 218 was always going to be a difficult toatl to chase down.
Hurinda Husna (43), captain Gurjot Thandi (31) and openers Ben Williams (38) and James Bellamy (23) tried hard with the bat to create an unlikely victory but the team fell 45 runs short.