Batting first and making PBBC Colts do the chasing proved a major factor in Sawtell's entry into next weekend's grand final.
Batting first and making PBBC Colts do the chasing proved a major factor in Sawtell's entry into next weekend's grand final. Leigh Jensen

Sawtell into CHDCA decider after nine run thriller

BOTH camps called it one of the best cricket matches you could imagine.

Sawtell crept home by nine runs against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts in the penultimate game of the 2012-13 Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association summer.

The victory creates another grand final clash with old rivals Plantation Diggers.

Chasing 260 to succeed, Colts lost their last wicket on the final delivery of the day after going into the final over needing 13 runs for victory.

Sawtell batsman Ben Andrews knew it was a difficult ask but was pleased as punch to see that last batsman walk.

"They made it a bit too close for comfort," he said.

"There were heaps of times they had me worried and we're pleased it's over.

"But a bloody great game just the same."

What troubled Andrews and his team mates was not so much Craig Haworth's fantastic knock of 67.

Rather, it was a sensational 75 at the top of the order from James Ross that almost sent the minor premiers tumbling out of contention.

"That Ross bloke sure got a lot of runs on a wicket that was a pearler," Andrews said.

"Then Craig started belting the ball all over the place and I was really worried.

"But we got him out and slowly but surely we worked on the next blokes coming in and finally did it."

Colts opener Matt Rose agreed it was a sensational match, despite the terrible disappointment his men were feeling.

The turning point came late in the day when Colts lost three wickets for three runs but Rose played down that aspect.

"In the long run, chasing 12 runs an over was too much to handle," he said.

"The boys gave it everything.

"There was some really great batting right to the end.

"Nobody can ask for more than that.

"Sawtell were just that little bit too good and it was a fine effort for them to come back so strongly after last week's loss and the match with Diggers will be something to look forward to."



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