By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
MISSING the services of captain Andrew Mainey and opening batsman Matt Andrews proved too large a hurdle to overcome for Nana Glen. For the second match in a row Nana Glen's batting showed as much backbone as Joe Tripodi when challenged to a question time stoush. Chasing Sawtell's modest total of 161, Nana Glen crumbled to be all out for 90 in only a touch over 30 overs. "We had a lot of guys batting out of order but our application left a little bit to be desired," stand-in captain Bevan Young said. "'Pigsy' (Jason Wear) was batting real well and we needed to someone to go out there an hold up an end for him. "I don't think anyone was prepared to put their head down and hang around." Young's day couldn't have started any worse as he dislocated his finger at the end of the very first over dropping a catch. "It's a bit sore at the moment but the doctor popped it back in." The injury robbed Nana Glen of any input Young might have had with the ball but that didn't stop his team from a solid effort in the field. "Our fielding and bowling was pretty good," he said. "We were going along all right then they scored 35 runs in only two overs and that really hurt us." Early on the Sawtell top order failed to fire and with the scoreline reading 4-65, it was time for some Sawtell batsmen to steady the ship. A 73 run partnership from Alex Pearson and Angus Garland was exactly what the doctor ordered and Sawtell skipper Todd Gill admitted to being relieved at the pair's contribution. "There was some very ordinary batting at the top of the order," Gill said. "'Pecker' (Pearson) and Gus (Garland) batted well for us to steady the ship." Garland made a solid 44 while Pearson made his 31 runs at a rate a fair bit quicker than waht people are used to seeing from him. "It's about time that he learnt to open up his shoulders a bit," Gill joked about Pearson's three boundaries. Prior to Nana Glen commencing their run chase, Young believed that victory was within their grasp. "I was pretty confident that we'd be able to chase that score down," he said. "The turning point was when Matt Bailey caught Mark Haworth with a blinder, the ball was behind him, I don't know how he caught it. "We had Haworth and Elks coming in and I was confident they could do the job but when we lost them early it really hurt." Batting at first drop, Jason Wear was the only batsman to make an impact against the tight Sawtell bowling with his 45. There was no chief destroyer for the reigning premiers as the wickets were shared between Simon Bathgate, Lawson Jarman, Rick Johnson and Simon Landrigan.