Outright win sees Sawtell move to top of table
AFTER recording a resounding outright win over Dorrigo, reigning premier Sawtell is now back on top of the cricketing tree.
Sawtell declared its innings at the start of play having already built a 208 run lead against Dorrigo.
Needing to bat well simply to make Sawtell bat again let alone avoid an innings defeat, Dorrigo started well with captain Justin Gilbert making a quickfire 60 as the boys from the plateau reached 2-98.
The introduction of spin brough the run chase unstuck as Richie Gallichan and Trent Dierick brought about a middle order collapse of 5-18 to steer Sawtell toward maximum points.
Gallichan finished his stint at the bowling crease with the impressive figures of 5-31 while Dierick claimed three wickets of his own.
Nana Glen was unable to collect an outright result against Diggers.
Having already collected first innings points a week ago, Nana Glen chased some quick runs to establish a lead before trying to dismiss the opposition cheaply.
Nana Glen made an additional 40 runs as the storm clouds rolled in before inviting Diggers to have another bat.
Delays due to lightning and some rain proved frustrating for Nana Glen as did the strong opening stand between Diggers captain Alex Byrne (63) and Raman Phoonie (26).
Diggers reached a total of 2-115, a lead of 43 before both captains agreed to call an end to play.
On Thursday night Nana Glen has a chance to return to the top of the table with the fourth round of Twenty20 matches played at the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park grounds.
Nana Glen faces Dorrigo while Sawtell has the bye. The other Twenty20 match will see Diggers face Coffs Colts.
FIRST GRADE RESULTS
Sawtell 3 (decl) for 294 def Dorrigo 86 and 156 (J. Gilbert 60, R. Gallichan 5-31, T. Dierick 3-48).
Nana Glen 9 (decl) for 187 (A. Budd 25, S. Jones 6-48) def Diggers 115 and 2-115 (A. Byrne 63).