Dave McCormack batting for Sawtell against Nana Glen at Richardson Park.
Dave McCormack batting for Sawtell against Nana Glen at Richardson Park.

Diggers grab top spot

DAY one runs proved vital with all three sides batting first winning their round seven matches in Coffs Harbour District first grade cricket.

It means a new competition leader with Diggers Ex-Services taking a two-point break on Dorrigo after winning their excursion up to the mountain top.

Buzzards’ skipper Justin Gilbert remained last man standing with an unbeaten 40 on the board but admits with an inexperienced batting tail, he simply ran out of partners.

“A couple of decisions didn’t go our way but that’s how it goes,” he said humbly.

“Diggers bowled well and you can’t take that away from them.”

The home side went into the batting battle without Bruce Mackie and missed his remarkable skill for keeping one end alive in a crisis but Gilbert believes the damage was already done on day one.

Kesby finished with 5-22 from 15 overs but apart from dismissing both openers cheaply, got rid of middle-order men Moore, Francis and Gilroy when it was vital they get runs to support a partnership with Gilbert.

At Richardson Park, Sawtell were tipped to pull back Nana Glen’s first innings 185 despite starting the day at 4-67 but once Troy Herbert made the breakthrough, dismissing Gus Garland, the tide turned quickly.

Sawtell lost their next three batsman for the addition of just two runs including wicket of Todd Gill.

By that stage it was unlikely even the big-hitting Gill could have saved the day as he would have needed something approaching triple figures to make it interesting.

Mark Oates went on to score 58 and was the last man out but losing those closest around him on the batting card, with only Matt Bailey reaching double figures, proved the premiers’ undoing.

Nana Glen captain Rob Eddy again was enigmatic, not only sending Gill on his way but despatching Bailey and Dave McCormack.



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