Peter Bayley top-scored for the Coffs Hotel Tigers on Saturday with a well- made 61 but it didn?t stop Sawtell from cruising to
Peter Bayley top-scored for the Coffs Hotel Tigers on Saturday with a well- made 61 but it didn?t stop Sawtell from cruising to

Tigers fail with the bat

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

A TERRIBLE start to their massive run chance meant that a slow afternoon was in store at Richardson Park on Sunday.

Playing the tortoise to the Sawtell hare, this was one game that Coffs Hotel Tigers wasn't going to win when their top order failed dismally to be in a precarious position at 4-22.

With victory no longer a possibility for the Tigers, from then on it was simply a matter of their middle and lower order trying to consolidate to ensure losing outright against Sawtell wasn't a possibility.

But stand-in skipper Darren Funston refused to blame the batting performance for the loss.

"We lost the game the week before in the field when we dropped eight catches," he said.

"They probably made 160 more than they should have last week. Finals are won by the runs you save in the field not how many you make with the bat."

Peter Bayley top scored with 61 and received able support from Stuart Dixon (28) and Dave Gourley (31) but by the time these batsman hit their straps the horse had already bolted.

"They sat around and occupied the crease which is exactly what we spoke about," Funston added.

"The bottom five can hold their heads up but the top five have got some work to do."

Opening bowlers Ben Andrews and Simon Landrigan were the catalysts for the Sawtell victory.

Two more contrasting styles you couldn't find within a pairing but both bowlers provided figures that showed they starved the opposition of runs like an anaconda takes oxygen from it's prey.

The pair gave up only 35 runs between them in their combined 24 overs but it was the three wickets from club veteran Matt Bailey with his nagging slow medium's that caused the most mirth

Sawtell have now wrapped up the minor premiership for the season and with four weeks to go until the finals start, captain Todd Gill is in an envious position.

"The next couple of games we're just going to get our batting and bowling right," he said of his plans for the next month.

"We might as well give a couple of kids a go seeing as it's so late in the year and we're a nice distance in front, we can give them all a chance.

"The next couple of weeks will be the hardest for our depth as we've got a couple of blokes away."Peter Bayley top-scored for the Coffs Hotel Tigers on Saturday with a well- made 61 but it didn't stop Sawtell from cruising to first innings points.

Photo: BRENDAN RAY

Tigers fail

with the bat

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

A TERRIBLE start to their massive run chance meant that a slow afternoon was in store at Richardson Park on Sunday.

Playing the tortoise to the Sawtell hare, this was one game that Coffs Hotel Tigers wasn't going to win when their top order failed dismally to be in a precarious position at 4-22.

With victory no longer a possibility for the Tigers, from then on it was simply a matter of their middle and lower order trying to consolidate to ensure losing outright against Sawtell wasn't a possibility.

But stand-in skipper Darren Funston refused to blame the batting performance for the loss.

"We lost the game the week before in the field when we dropped eight catches," he said.

"They probably made 160 more than they should have last week. Finals are won by the runs you save in the field not how many you make with the bat."

Peter Bayley top scored with 61 and received able support from Stuart Dixon (28) and Dave Gourley (31) but by the time these batsman hit their straps the horse had already bolted.

"They sat around and occupied the crease which is exactly what we spoke about," Funston added.

"The bottom five can hold their heads up but the top five have got some work to do."

Opening bowlers Ben Andrews and Simon Landrigan were the catalysts for the Sawtell victory.

Two more contrasting styles you couldn't find within a pairing but both bowlers provided figures that showed they starved the opposition of runs like an anaconda takes oxygen from it's prey.

The pair gave up only 35 runs between them in their combined 24 overs but it was the three wickets from club veteran Matt Bailey with his nagging slow medium's that caused the most mirth

Sawtell have now wrapped up the minor premiership for the season and with four weeks to go until the finals start, captain Todd Gill is in an envious position.

"The next couple of games we're just going to get our batting and bowling right," he said of his plans for the next month.

"We might as well give a couple of kids a go seeing as it's so late in the year and we're a nice distance in front, we can give them all a chance.

"The next couple of weeks will be the hardest for our depth as we've got a couple of blokes away."



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