Dorrigo dismisses the enemy with some ease

DORRIGO ticked all the right boxes on their way to downing Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Rowe Oval on Saturday.

The Buzzards quickly added almost a hundred runs to their rain-interrupted first day total and then declared at 8-193, allowing Colts enough time to either make heroes of themselves, or trip, stumble and fall.

But in the end, the difference was Bruce Mackie who took five partnership-cracking wickets, chiming in to release the pressure every time Colts looked like they might finally be making inroads.

Working in tandem with the ever-reliable Justin Gilbert, Mackie took out Daryl Parmenter just as the talented batsman was getting into a rhythm with fellow opener Matt Rose.

He then snuffed out the innings' of Hinton, Firth and Chris Moran, forcing the visitors to be constantly starting and re-starting their momentum.

Down the order, Codey Moran and Robert Denne tried to keep the afternoon alive but the curtains were finally closed early in the 42nd over, still 54 runs shy of the home side's total.

The remaining matches went according to predictions after both Sawtell and Northern Districts put themselves in the box seat on day one.

Sawtell had Diggers' measure at an early stage and after declaring at four wickets down, sent the visitors back into the centre to pad out the rest of the afternoon.

Northern Districts battled away before they overtook Coffs Hotel Tigers late in the day after Peter Bayley kept trying to trip them up.

Bayley trapped Ben Gudex leg before and had Joe Mennie back in the stand to throw a scare into the works but with Alex Byrne back in form and Sam Davey toiling away to finish unbeaten, the Rebels signalled they're finally back in business.



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