Final opportunity lost by the Rebels
NORTHERN Districts have surrendered any fading hopes of forcing their way into a semi final berth with an inglorious display at Woolgoolga on Saturday.
Just three points adrift of Diggers and needing victory over that side in the last game of the season, the Rebels were presented with a glorious opportunity when they skittled the visitors for 107 by the end of 38.5 overs.
For a few wonderful moments it appeared another shot at the final four, which had been just out of their reach all summer, might be available after all.
But batting in reply, the home side could only muster eight batsmen for the walk to the middle and with three team members listed as 'absent,' Northern Districts were declared all out for 73.
It's probably a long shot but Park Beach Bowling Club Colts might be battling to keep a grip on hosting the elimination semi (almost certainly against Diggers) unless they brush off the late challenge from Coffs Hotel Tigers.
The tailenders have kept interest alive in the final weeks, this time by restricting Colts to 134 after Kyle Paterson returned brilliant figures of 6/37.
Tigers settled on 6 for 54 by the end of the day and if not out batsmen Chris Barrington and Stuart Dixon prove hard to remove next weekend, another upset is on the cards.
Meanwhile, Sawtell are at unbackable odds for another minor premiership when play resumes against Dorrigo at Richardson Park next Saturday.
The visitors made a solid start but once the breakthrough was made, the innings ended on 146.
Andrews and Angus padded up and foxed the bowlers for the last three overs until stumps and have a full day remaining to get the required runs.