Dorrigo bow out for just 83 runs

WITH eight runs scored and two wickets down, Dorrigo's top-grade cricketers must have known their visit to Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park on Saturday was not exactly going to plan.

It was bad enough when Matt Francis removed opener Adam Turner with two runs on the board but once he'd sent captain Justin Gilbert on his way without scoring six runs later, the makings of a grim afternoon were being revealed.

With the old saying 'get Gilbert and you get Dorrigo' proving profound, Park Beach Bowling Club Colts mopped up the last resistance for just 83 runs scored, giving them a reasonable shot at outright victory next weekend, not to mention a possible share of second berth on the competition ladder.

Ironically, Francis couldn't crack it for another victim after Gilbert departed the scene, as Andrew Firth and Patrick Lindsay stepped up to the plate to collect four wickets each.

And in another piece of proof things have dramatically turned around since Chris Moran took over the captaincy with Colts, Dorrigo couldn't add a single sundry to their tally ... whereas this time last year, a dozen or more extras might have been accepted as natural.

Meanwhile, Coffs Hotel Tigers delivered another creditable batting effort when they paid a visit to Woolgoolga on the weekend, giving them another opportunity to collect a big scalp - providing they go on with the job next Saturday.

In heatwave conditions the visitors established their credentials by batting out 67 overs for 212 with the runs spread fairly across the top and middle order.

Andrew 'Kiwi' Murray was sensational in the field, bowling a mammoth 23 overs with almost half of them maidens and finished with superb figures of 5-25.

In reply, the Rebels were 1-17 at stumps after batting for 10 overs.



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