A textbook defensive stroke from Troy Wear in the controversial collision of Bellingen and Nana Glen.
A textbook defensive stroke from Troy Wear in the controversial collision of Bellingen and Nana Glen.

Neal goes on front foot

By GREG WHITE

SAWTELL boss Chris Neal was returning serve to the Coffs Coast Advocate cricket columnist 'Straighten the Bat' after copping a mild rebuke in Friday's offering, especially after the premiers stunning 45-run win over Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park.

"Remind whoever writes it we are not just one-day wonders whether Todd Gill plays or not," Neal thundered.

"And we're not too bad at the two-day game either with only one loss in over two years."

Neal claims neither his club nor Nana Glen were properly consulted over the decision to concentrate on the dual weekend format but are happy to conform.

Sawtell's return to form was extraordinary given their need to outfox a spectacular innings of 90 from rival skipper Craig Howarth.

"We had to manage Craig by standing back in the field and then attacking him through his batting partners," Neal said.

Those tactics worked a treat.

Howarth managed seven fours and one six but only Trent Fuller among the support cast managed a boundary and that was one (four), only.

"Downright disappointing," Colts opener and recipient of a 'golden duck', Matt Rose admitted.

"We all felt bashful about leaving Craig to carry the can while the rest of us fell so cheaply."

Star of the Sawtell show was middle order batsman Gus Garland who continued his sparkling early season form with a stylish 74 runs



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