Dorrigo all-rounder Ben Neaves sends down a delivery against Manning River on Sunday.
Dorrigo all-rounder Ben Neaves sends down a delivery against Manning River on Sunday. TREVOR VEALE

Diggers defeat Manning River

DIGGERS Ex-Services pair Glen Kesby and Joe Willman combined to tear the heart out of the Manning River middle-order on Sunday during the third-round clash of the SCG Country Cup.

Kesby, who was captain of the team, and Willman took five wickets for only 18 runs to ensure a victory that has seen the Coffs Harbour representative team progress through to be one of the final 16 teams remaining.

Defending a total of 239 that had been built mainly on the back of a solid 76 made by Simon Donald, things were looking a touch grim for the local team when Manning quickly raced to a score of 2-101.

At that point the Diggers duo combined to steer Coffs Harbour to a win over a team that has been a long time nemesis for it.

“At the first drinks break and for a couple of overs after that they (Manning) were motoring along very nicely,” Kesby said.

“Their opener and first drop were getting stuck into us a bit but luckily Joe (Willman) and myself got together and took a few wickets reasonably quickly which helped.”

The skipper didn’t want to take too much of the credit for the win, though, despite taking three wickets.

“Simon Donald batted extremely well and the partnership that he put on with David Angus in the middle after we lost a couple of quick wickets was crucial,” he said. “That was able to get us in a good position to be able to go for some quick runs towards the end.”

Coffs Harbour’s next clash in the SCG Country Cup will be on December 5 when it travels north to face the highly ranked Tweed Heads combination that defeated Casino in a tight run chase by two wickets on Sunday.



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