Batting it out right to the end
THE contention all matches should be batted out the full distance again proved sound when both Dorrigo and Diggers Ex-Services picked up maximum points from outright victories on Saturday.
On a stormy afternoon and with a big game of footy the attraction at BCU International Stadium, the temptation was there to call an early halt with wins already secured.
But using the blowtorch just about ensures there’s a two-club battle for the minor premiership with only the weekend’s other winner, Park Beach Bowling Club Colts, a reasonable chance of first bragging rights for the finals.
“Beating Tigers next start is crucial and without getting too cocky, we’ll chase the six points and take anything else as it comes,” Diggers captain Steve Meakins remarked.
Already boasting a handsome lead, Diggers declared at 7-68 and needed just 16 overs to vanquish Nana Glen with Martyn Kelleher taking 5-12 off an awesome six-over spell.
Up on the plateau, Dorrigo skipper Justin Gilbert toyed with the Coffs Tigers batsmen in their second visit to the crease.
With fantastic support from veteran Mick Gilroy, Gilbert’s figures of 6-34 bettered (by one run) Sawtell rival Blair Craddock’s bag of six from last weekend.
Four of his victims were ‘clean bowled’.
With 11 runs needed for the outright result the home side took their time with six overs bowled before the target was secured.
Meanwhile, Park Beach Bowling Club Colts turned the tables on Sawtell, their conquerors in the midweek Twenty/20 Cup final.
Ironically, it was capturing the wicket of Wednesday’s chief torturer Chris Neal, which finally made Colts’ batsman Neil Coogan feel the game was safely under control.
“Despite the rain it was a fairly good batting deck and we were surprised Sawtell ran into trouble,” he said.
“Honestly, we managed to put a lot of pressure on them and when Chris went two short of his half ton, we upped the ante again and refused to let them off the hook.
“That was a good result for us as they’re so difficult to beat in the minor season, let alone in the finals.”