Rebels set for debut double-up
By GREG WHITE
THE Coffs Harbour District cricket grand final will be played in Woolgoolga this season with competition debutantes Northern Districts chasing a dream double.
Already holding the minor premiership title at the end of a weather-interrupted summer, the Rebels will seek to add the major trophy to the cabinet after downing competition heavyweights Sawtell by seven wickets at High Street Oval yesterday.
After winning the toss and heading to the crease on Saturday, Sawtell consolidated after a shaky start.
But the innings began unwinding when Kel McMillan and Chris Neal were sent back in consecutive overs and recognised batsmen Butterworth, Johnson and Garland weren't able to arrest their team's slide.
After bagging four Sawtell wickets, Rebels bowler Joe Mennie became the day two hero by contributing an unbeaten half century as the home side crept toward the winning target.
Veteran batsman Selwyn Manz looked almost certain to get a deserved century but was picked off in a run out while stranded on the dreaded 87 figure.
Meanwhile, Dorrigo ended a fine debut season when they ran into the red-hot form of Diggers Ex-Services spinner Joe Willman at Fitzroy Oval.
The teenager tore the batting of the mountain men apart with a career-best bag of eight wickets in a 15-over spell.
At 3-112, the visitors looked well settled and even at 4-156 should still have been feeling full of confidence but the next six wickets fell as only 28 runs were added to the score.
Next weekend, Diggers and Sawtell play for the right to take on Northern Districts in the grand final.