Sawtell’s jubilation in defeating Diggers in the CHDCA first grade cricket final.
Sawtell’s jubilation in defeating Diggers in the CHDCA first grade cricket final.

Sawtell digs deep

SAWTELL claimed a thrilling premiership after holding on for victory against Diggers Ex-Services on Sunday.

Chasing 133 for victory, Sawtell had a nervous final few overs, when Diggers Ex-Services captain Joe Willman had teenage batsman Tyh Murphy caught and bowled to leave Sawtell still needing 36 runs with only two wickets in hand.

It took inspirational knocks from club stalwarts Ben Andrews and Matt Bailey to carry Sawtell to the title.

Andrews (52 not out) survived two stumping chances early on, before the talented all-rounder combined with Bailey to hit the winning runs.

Ecstatic with the win, Sawtell captain Trent Mitchell admitted it was difficult to stay composed in the dying stages of the match.

"I was a bit nervous. The boys were all sitting on the same seats over on the bench but I had to keep getting up and moving. I couldn't sit still," Mitchell said.

"When there were 30 runs to go and only two wickets in hand it was tough."

Mitchell said he thought it was great to have a 20-year club man in Bailey be part of the winning moment.

"For 'Bails' to be there at the end is a classic Sawtell story," he said.

"It was great to have him there and it's a great to win for a lot of those blokes."

Although disappointed his team fell so narrowly short of the title, Diggers skipper Joe Willman was thrilled with the way his team played over the course of the season, particularly the contingent of teenagers within the squad.

"Look at what we've got, kids that are 14 or 15 years old, so this team is going to be together for another four or five years," he said.

"There are good things ahead for us."



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