YOUNG GUN: Batsman Damon Rootes set a new club record as Diggers skipper in the weekend clash with Urunga. Photo: LEIGH JENSEN
YOUNG GUN: Batsman Damon Rootes set a new club record as Diggers skipper in the weekend clash with Urunga. Photo: LEIGH JENSEN

Sawtell favourites, Diggers led by youngest captain

EVEN so early in the season, Sawtell is already being spoken about as the likely minor premier in this summer's Coffs Harbour District cricket premiership.

The titleholders have begun the season undermanned, but that hasn't stopped the side from winning in devastating fashion.

Last weekend, the side needed just three overs to dismiss Dorrigo who had slaved away for 21 overs for a disappointing 21 runs.

Although today's opponent Urunga is still settling in, the loss to Plantation Diggers indicates the Blue Caps will start red hot favourites for the third straight week at the Richardson Park fortress.

With a bye next weekend, Sawtell are well on track to topping the table - again.

On the subject of Diggers, the side has today off, but has plenty to celebrate from last Saturday's victory over Urunga.

Damon Rootes stepped in as fill-in captain and not only made a winning debut, but set a record as the youngest-ever in the club's 51-year history.

At 17 years and 142 days, Damon tops the previous record held by Shane Eichmann and set in the 1987-88 season.

Shane was aged 20 years and 132 days, so the record is smashed by a big margin.

Meanwhile, the opening match of the representative season will be played at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park tomorrow.

A Coffs Harbour Colts XI will take on Lismore in round one of the much anticipated McDonalds Country Shield.

Seniors debut against Nambucca in the inter-district competition on November 2.

CHDCA - Round 3
45-overs at 12.30pm
PBBC Colts v Dorrigo (Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park)
Sawtell v Urunga (Richardson Park)
Plantation Diggers bye



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