Trevor Bailey smashed through Colts top order to set up the win for Diggers.
Trevor Bailey smashed through Colts top order to set up the win for Diggers. Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advoc

Bailey the bowler who doesn’t miss opportunity’s knock

PLANTATION Diggers ignored the pre-match gee-up by rival skipper Matt Rose to open their account for the cricketing summer.

Rose boldly nominated Russell Gardner as the danger man to his Park Beach Bowling Club Colts side but the stylish all-rounder didn't make an appearance.

Instead it was unheralded second grade bowler Trevor Bailey who seized the opportunity of promotion to the premiers' top grade and he rattled Colts from the outset.

Bailey removed opener Billy Carroll before that man could score and then collected the scalps of Kyle Gallen (5) and Tim Parkins (2).

From five overs, Bailey's figures were 3-18.

Rose contributed 27 and veteran bowler Matt Francis continued his rejuvenated batting form to put on 24 but it wasn't enough.

Colts were skittled for 99 in the 36th over and Diggers came out to pass that total for the loss of six wickets.

Damon Rootes was not out on 40.

At Thistle Park, Nambucca Valley again proved their worth by rolling Dorrigo.

The mountain men batted first to reach 147 but Nambucca had their measure by the 38th over, reaching 6-148 with Jamie Bekis ending the day not out with another 70 runs to add to his escalating aggregate.

Sawtell had the bye.



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