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By MITCHELL DALE

WHAT a difference one year makes. This time last year Nana Glen were celebrating the Coffs Harbour and District Cricket Association (CHDCA) first grade minor premiership, while West Coffs were licking their wounds after being spanked with the wooden spoon. Fast forward to today and the two sides have reversed roles. Nana Glen, who went on to claim the first grade premiership last summer, finished equal-last on the ladder after losing to Coffs Hotel Tigers on Saturday. Amazingly, Nana Glen's place at the top has been taken by Tigers (West Coffs). Even more amazingly is that Nana Glen share the bottom rung of the ladder with their grand final opponents from last season, Park Beach Bowling Club Colts. Making the CHDCA first grade premiership shield seem like a poisoned chalice, Nana Glen's fall from grace mirrors that of Tigers, who were the reigning premiers in 2003-2004 when they finished last. Nana Glen captain Andrew Mainey said his side was naturally disappointed at finishing last, but said life would go on. "To not even make the top four was pretty disappointing, but we can't dwell on it," Mainey said. "The boys have accepted it, I guess they had no choice." Mainey was left with no doubts as to what went wrong for the premiers this year. "Our biggest downfall this year was definitely with the bat," he said. A full interview with Mainey on Nana Glen's stumble from premiers to joint-wooden spooners will appear in Wednesday's Coffs Coast Advocate. In other developments over the weekend: n Diggers grabbed fourth spot after rolling Colts for a paltry 52 and; n Sawtell let the minor premiership slip after falling to Bellingen at Bellingen. Bellingen and Sawtell finished equal second on points, with final standings to be determined at last night's CHDCA meeting. Second place will be decided on quotient.



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