Sawtell skip clear
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE only team to get full first innings points on the weekend was Sawtell.
Considered a monty at the start of play defending 330, Sawtell managed to take all the required 10 scalps for victory but they were made to work hard for them.
It took the reigning premiers 61 overs to finally dismiss the Colts for 158 but as it was the only result, Sawtell already find themselves back on top of the table.
"We're happy with that," said their stand in captain Kel McMillan.
"It was in the back our minds that if we get a win they might not get on in town.
"So we'll take that with a couple of draws elsewhere."
Chief destroyer for Sawtell was Lawson Jarman who walked off with 4-49 against his name off 19 very economical overs.
It was Jarman who made the initial top order breakthroughs when he dismissed Robbie Wear and Trent Fuller.
But his true worth was when he returned to the crease and with the first ball of his second spell broke the partnership of Matt Francis and Brendan Ralph who were both starting to look dangerous.
"He did a great job for us again," McMillan added.
"If you've got him at both ends all day you won't lose too many."
The other main wicket taker came from an unlikely source.
With usual spinners David Kennedy and Todd Gill missing from the line-up, Ben Davis put his hand up and cleaned up the tail with a spell of 3-6 off 34 balls.
The Sawtell leader was most impressed with how his bowling attack stuck to their guns once the conditions weren't all in their favour.
"Conditions were tough for both sides, especially for us once the ball got wet," he explained.
"There was no turn or sideway stuff so it was a matter of giving them no width and making them force the runs."
Despite the large final margin, Matt Rose saw a lot of positives that he can work with for the rest of the Park Beach Colts summer.
"The middle order was the solidest I've seen it in about two and a half years," enthused the Colts' captain.
"It was great to see that we dug in there and we didn't lose three quick wickets at any time like we've done in the past."
The highlight of that middle order resistance was a well compiled 30 by 16 year-old Brendan Ralph.
Playing in only his third game of first grade cricket, Ralph kept the Sawtell attack at bay for just over an hour and a half sharing in a 46 run stand with Matt Francis.
"For a 16 year-old he batted really well," the captain said in praise of Ralph's performance.
"He batted well and he didn't give a chance while he was out there."
Even though the Colts had to bat when there was a bit of moisture in the wicket, Rose admits that it might not have mattered anyway.
"When you look at the result, it was probably fair enough as they played better than us," he said.
"We had to play out of our skins to win but in the end I'm pretty happy.
"The team showed a lot of heart over the last two weeks and for a new look side the signs are good."