Diggers batsman Gus Garland despatches a delivery from former Sawtell team mate Brad Lewis in the grand final replay at Fitzroy Oval.
Diggers batsman Gus Garland despatches a delivery from former Sawtell team mate Brad Lewis in the grand final replay at Fitzroy Oval. Leigh Jensen

Cool 'ton' by Ricky Welsh in heatwave leaves Sawtell on top

PARK Beach Bowling Club Colts continued climbing the cricketing ladder with an easy win over Urunga at Brelsford Park.

Everything fell into place for the big improvers of the competition from the moment the toss was won.

Batting first, Colts totalled 192 for the 45 overs and then proceeded to dismantle the host team in the uncomfortable part of the afternoon that provided heat, humidity, lightning and brief showers.

Urunga was dismissed in the 29th over for 94.

Just around the corner at Fitzroy Oval it was a similar situation for Plantation Diggers in the grand final replay with Sawtell - or, so it seemed.

Diggers won the toss and batted, finally reaching 8-204.

Young gun Damon Rootes dominated the wicket for 270 minutes to rack up 76 runs including four boundaries.

Comeback 'kid' Gus Garland stayed in the sun for 206 minutes to contribute 63 runs in a stand that produced nine boundaries.

As players reached the halfway point, the only bright spot for Sawtell seemed to be Ben Andrews' bag of 4-31 but things were about to change.

Instead of melting in the heat, the premiers again proved a hoodoo side for Diggers.

Ricky Welsh - who was been promising something huge for a couple of weeks - carried his bat for an unbeaten 108 and took the bowlers apart.

He stayed in the middle for 246 scorching minutes and put the ball past the outfield chasers and across the boundary rope on 19 occasions.

There was help from Clinton Hayward (40) and Tyh Murphy (34) but the telling statistic was Sawtell only needed 33 overs to get what was required to win and remain unbeaten after five matches in the 2014-15 summer.

Things all change in a week with the first of the two-day matches.

Dorrigo host PBBC Colts at Rowe Oval with Urunga to be visited by Sawtell at Brelsford Park.



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