Rebels take out Colts at Woolgoolga
EVEN their worst enemies must feel for Park Beach Bowling Club Colts.
One week ago the long-time competition battlers were sitting on top of the world after running up a massive 281 and declaring against Northern Districts, the side full of run-scoring capability but struggling to post big scores this summer.
But it all went haywire for Colts at High Street Oval (Woolgoolga) on Saturday when the Rebels got their batting groove back and confounded the experts by reaching the required target for the loss of just four wickets.
The signs looked ominous when the home side reached triple figures before losing their first wicket.
Craig Haworth went on 109 after setting the benchmark with a handy 72 and there were some heart flutters when Gudex and Kennedy were run out.
This brought Sam Davey to the crease and despite everything Colts threw at him, the youngster stood his ground and remained unbeaten on 95 by the time the final nail was driven home.
Taj Dosanjh also remained unbeaten on 51 and there were some difficult moments as attempts were made to push the strike in the direction of Davey, giving him the opportunity to crack his maiden first grade century.
He was in a similar situation two years ago when he fell three runs short of triple figures, so the great moment must be coming.
Sawtell also made a first innings declaration against Coffs Hotel Tigers but in their case the gamble paid off despite an attack of tremors when it came their time to bat on the second occasion.
Coffs had an awful start when Chris Lawry smashed their top order to smithereens - he eventually took seven wickets for the innings and 11 for the match - leaving them facing oblivion on home soil at 6-32.
Then, the Tiger tail caught fire as Chris Barrington (50) and Nathan Secomb (not out 21) dug their heels in.
Sawtell's batting developed a grim look as they battled through the late afternoon to post 7-39.