Colts seal outright victory
PREMIERS Park Beach Bowling Club Colts rocketed back to the top of the leader board with a merciless display against Bellingen at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park on Saturday.
Helped by an awesome performance from all-rounder Daryl Parmenter, Colts claimed outright points to leapfrog over Sawtell and Coffs Tigers to 35 competition points.
Parmenter figured in 11 of the 18 dismissals in the match with eight wickets, two catches and one run out.
He also blazed away with the bat in the first innings, falling just six runs short of his century.
“Daryl was simply sensational right across the board,” club president and middle-order batsman Neil Coogan said.
“His six wickets last week were good enough but the quality of his batting was awesome.
“Watching him guide us past the 113 target was the work of a tradesman but then he opened up and was into the 80s almost before anyone knew it.”
Colts compiled 162 to have the match in their keeping and then set about chasing the outright victory.
Bellingen finished at 8-55 but the talking point of the innings was how close young bowler Trent Statham went to claiming a hat-trick.
In consecutive balls he trapped top-order batsmen Louis Balenzano and Kyle Buckley leg before and the next ball sent the field skyward.
“The ball looked good and we supported him with a noisy shout but it wasn't to be,” Coogan said.
“It was oh so close but that's the way things go.
“Our field work in the match was very, very good and I don't think we dropped a single catch.
“That's what we have to do if we want to defend our title.”
Bellingen were simply outgunned, but as they regularly do, displayed little glimpses of class.
Among the positives was the work by Balenzano who claimed four top-order wickets and had Colts worried for a large part of day one.
But when they might have caused more distress in their second innings – even with the game gone from their grasp – none of the batsmen were able to hang around long enough to form a partnership with veteran Bruce Mills.
“With due respect to Bello, the big test is coming with the last three matches heading to the play-offs,” Coogan said.
“Starting with Tigers next week, we've got all the tricky ones in a row.
“But this win has given us confidence, particularly as it was an outright win and with Daryl in form with bat and ball and all the rest of us knowing what our jobs are, we're in a very good position.
“Now we lead, the rest have to run us down.”