So close for Nana Glen
A BIG-HITTING innings from experienced batsman Andrew Mainey on Saturday was not enough to save Nana Glen from an unlikely first innings defeat by Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Coffs Coast Sporting and Leisure Park.
But gee, they came close.
Chasing Colts' total of 163, Nana Glen were paddling at 7-87 when Mainey strode to the middle.
"To be honest we were well and truly on top till he came on the scene," Colts batsman Matt Rose admitted.
"The wicket was as difficult for their batsmen as we found it last week and the wickets kept tumbling but that didn't seem to trouble Andrew."
Mainey lasted just over an hour and a half to finish unbeaten on 55, the innings including three boundaries and five clearances of the fence.
Along the way he was dropped three times which added to the sense of unease Colts were feeling as his tally steadily climbed.
"Simply, he ran out of partners and we're aren't complaining at that," Rose laughed.
Chief architect of Nana Glen's destruction was spinner Andrew Murray.
His 21 overs in the hot sun returned eight maidens and an ominous 6-66 bag of wickets that included four of his victims clean-bowled.
"There wasn't much in it but we deserved to win," Rose said.
"It might have been a good team effort but I admit we must play better."