Sawtell’s much-vaunted batting must improve if it is to advance to next week’s grand final.
Sawtell’s much-vaunted batting must improve if it is to advance to next week’s grand final. LEIGH JENSEN

Batting key for Sawtell's chances

SAWTELL is hoping that this weekend is the middle ground of three weeks of perfection.

Having disposed of Dorrigo in last week’s minor semi-final, Sawtell is now hoping that a victory over Coffs Tigers at Brelsford Park will be the second of three straight wins that will take the team to premiership glory.

If the win does come this weekend, Sawtell will then face Park Beach Bowling Club (PBBC) Colts in next week’s title decider.

Club president and stalwart Matt Bailey says that a winning streak is obviously the plan but executing it is a different kettle of fish.

“It’s going to be hard as the Tigers beat us last time pretty convincingly,” Bailey said.

“We’re definitely going to need to bring our A-game to win this.”

Bailey added that if Sawtell is to advance to a 10th grand final in the space of 15 years then it needs to quickly rediscover what has been a long-time strength for the club.

“We just need to get our batting to improve,” he

said.

“We’ve got a long batting line-up and plenty of batting depth on paper but it’s no good just having it on paper. We need to perform out in the middle.

“We probably haven’t produced with the bat since Christmas.

“In semi finals we probably don’t need that many runs but we certainly need more than we’ve making lately.”

Despite suffering a sizable loss at the hands of PBBC Colts last week, Coffs Tigers skipper Kyle Paterson is confident that a return to Brelsford Park, the Tigers’ home ground will help his team reach next week’s season climax.

“The good thing is that we haven’t been beaten at the Den this year,” Paterson said.

“That’s something that we’re quite proud of, our record there.”

Paterson believes that attitude, not aptitude will determine the Tigers’ altitude this weekend.

“We put last week to the back of our minds and go out and play with a better attitude,” he said.

“It’s another week, another game so we start again.”

The captain who is preparing to return home to New Zealand in the next fortnight is certain that he will be leading the Tigers to its first grand final since 2004-05.

“We’re confident but we can’t afford to be over confident,” he said.

“There’s a grand final berth up for grabs and you can’t pass that opportunity up every year and we’d dearly love another crack at Colts.”

WEEKEND CRICKET

First grade

Coffs Tigers v Sawtell at Brelsford Park

Winner plays PBBC Colts in grand final

Second grade

Sawtell v Northern Districts at Richardson Park

Winner plays Urunga in grand final

Third grade

Sawtell v Dorrigo at Richardson Park No.2

Winner plays Nana Glen in grand final

Fourth grade

PBBC Colts White v Nana Glen at Bray St

Winner plays Sawtell Gold in grand final

Fifth grade grand final

Dorrigo v Sawtell Blue at Rowe Oval



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