By GREG WHITE
ON a hiding to nothing chasing Sawtell's mammoth first innings total of 397, few gave Coffs Hotel Tigers a chance of pulling off the impossible.
The scorebook shows they didn't, but they did do enough to convince middle order batsman Darren Funston it's too early to be writing Tigers' obituary for the season.
"How many runs did the other sides get on the weekend?" he asked after his team batted through Saturday's heatwave conditions for 63 overs and a return of 235.
For the record, 138 runs were scored on a minefield by Nana Glen in their reply to Colts while the Diggers and Bellingen duel contributed a combined total of 231 for the day.
"For morale to stay high in the team we needed to be out there all day and in the end, we managed to do that," Funston said.
"We were always looking down the barrel but nobody can say we didn't give it our best shot.
In fact, Tigers gave 'it' a really good shot with an enterprising start at the top of the order.
Brad Munro and Chris Barrington scored half-century's but when Matt Secomb was bowled for no score, the momentum trembled.
"A few of the others got a start but we weren't able to build anything major," Funston noted.
"Maybe if somebody else had picked up another big score we may have gone on with it but now we'll never know.
Nagging away at Tigers to spoil the party was the Sawtell bowling attack with Tye O'Connor taking best figures of 4-22.
"We get our captain (Daryl Parmenter) back next week for the Bellingen game so that will lift our confidence up a notch," Funston said.
"Don't discard us yet."