COFFS Harbour District's cricketing summer turns on its axis today with the start of the first two-day match of the series.
Dorrigo receives a visit from Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Rowe Oval in what is always as much a social gathering as a hard-fought sporting battle, and Sawtell heads to Brelsford Park for a meeting with Urunga.
Sawtell remains undefeated after five matches under the one-day format and president Rod Buckle was confident that record would remain intact despite the switch to the longer form of the game.
"There will always be some slight adjustments required, particularly your application at the crease and bowling rotations," Buckle said.
"But given the fine form from our top order last week against Diggers we are confident anyone given an opportunity to go out early can show the necessary application," he said.
"It's no secret and history shows that Sawtell has always been harder to beat at the 45 and 20-over games.
"We would like to carry this form into the two-day games as they get under way."
Weather permitting, the second day will be played next Saturday with another two-day match and a one-dayer scheduled before the Christmas break.
Plantation Diggers will have this fortnight off for the bye.