Not long after offering this shot Urunga batsman Andrew Ellis was put out of business by Duncan Marchant.
Not long after offering this shot Urunga batsman Andrew Ellis was put out of business by Duncan Marchant. Gemima Harvey

Cricket rivals 'tied' while Dorrigo causes 'annual' upset

TIED cricket matches are still rare so what develops from the second day's play between Plantation Diggers and Urunga will be interesting.

After Urunga ran up 106 in their innings, Diggers pulled stumps at the end of a rain-interrupted afternoon at Fitzroy Ovals with three wickets down and the same score on the board.

Just one more run will put the host club in the box seat.

But ... what if there's a washout?

Will Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association call it a tie or a draw?

The (local) laws of cricket aside, Urunga only just made it into the 32nd over to reach their total after Glen Kesby picked off their best men with figures of 5-34 from 15 overs.

Diggers batted for 22 overs to equalise.

Batsmen Damon Rootes (31) and Russell Gardner (30) remain not out and if there's a dry track and plenty of sunshine this Saturday, they could still ponder the possibility of chasing more than first innings points.

Meanwhile, Dorrigo again confounded the experts at Richardson Park by causing what has almost become an annual, ritualistic, crazily unpredictable upset of high-flying Sawtell.

The home side won the toss and gave the Buzzards first use of the middle.

So far so good.

Dorrigo was dismissed for 81 on the fifth ball of the 24th over, with only Justin Gilbert (16) and last man out Simon Donald (32) able to crack double figures.

That's when the wheels fell off for the Blue Caps.

It was all over in the 22nd over with the scoreboard showing 49.

After batsmen had dominated for the first six rounds of summer, the week of precipitation leading up to this match helped the bowlers finally get a little of their own back.

Nathan Secomb did best with 4-27 but Eric Moore was the man who really mucked up Sawtell's day.

His four overs included three maidens and three wickets at the miniscule cost of four runs.

The visitors batted a second time for a short period and were 2-20 at stumps.



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