Diggers claim cricket title with strong batting performance
ON PAPER it was going to be a tricky run chase but Plantation Diggers made short work of the 172 run target to win the 2014/15 CHDCA first grade grand final.
Led by opening batsman Raj Sandhu, Diggers cruised past Sawtell's total to win by seven wickets.
Sandhu made an unbeaten 81 and helped lay the platform for victory with opening partner and captain Alex Byrne.
The pair stayed together until the 24th over for an opening stand which produced 63 runs and blunted Sawtell's much vaunted new ball attack.
Byrne was full of praise for Sandhu's effort.
"He's got a good eye. He looked scratchy early on because he hasn't played of cricket of this quality," Byrne said.
"He went out there though and weathered the storm with the new ball. He started seeing them and started hitting the ball straighter and he was unreal.
"At the start I was just saying "keep going" but he was saying "let's be there at the end" and he was."
With this weekend's result going the way of Plantation Diggers, the scoreline between the two teams in grand finals over the past four years in two-all.
Byrne encouraged players from both teams to make sure they return to play in the 2015/16 season.
"Best of five? We'll go again next year."
CHDCA GRAND FINAL
PLANTATION DIGGERS v SAWTELL
At Coffs Coast Sport & Leisure Park No1 Oval
SAWTELL 1st Innings - 171
PLANTATION DIGGERS 1st Innings
|A BYRNE||lbw||b P Myles||24||72|
|R SANDHU||not out||81||149|
|A GARLAND||b T Dierick||20||16|
|D ROOTES||b D Maguire||20||45|
|R GARDNER||not out||14||14|
|Extras:||(4 nb, 2w, 3b, 4lb)||13|
|Total:||(49.2 overs)||3 wkts for||172|
Fall: 63 (Byrne), 93 (Garland), 147 (Rootes)
Bowling: B Andrews 19.2-6-42-0, P Myles 13-5-27-1, J Neaves 6-1-32-0, T Dierick 8-0-49-1, D Maguire 3-1-15-1
Plantation Diggers won by 7 wickets