Sawtell line up for 5th premiership
SAWTELL are in the box seat for an unprecedented fifth straight premiership after a narrow two-wicket victory over Dorrigo at Richardson Park on Saturday.
While the margin was miniscule it delivered another end-of-season minor title to the Blue Caps and in the secondary battle of mind games, hosting rights to the major semi-final against the same opponent.
In a perfect world, Sawtell should have chased down the 149-run target easily but things went awry from the start when opener Ben Andrews suffered the unusual 'dismissal' of being timed out by umpire Brian Kennedy.
Runs started flowing steadily once that hiccup was out of the road, but the warning lights began to flash again when captain Brad Lewis became the sixth wicket to fall with the tally still four runs shy of triple figures.
But a reliable 43 not out from Jeff Butterworth helped get Sawtell across the line despite Wearne and Bailey going cheaply at the back end of the afternoon.
Sawtell weren't the only narrow squeak of the weekend with Park Beach Bowling Club Colts wrapping up third spot on the pecking order but still getting an awful fright from Coffs Hotel Tigers.
Colts' front-line bowler Daryl Parmenter turned his arm over virtually unchanged all day and was rewarded with six wickets but it almost came to nought when Chris Barrington defied all attempts to get rid of him and went close to getting his side home with an unbeaten half century.
But a late collapse ended all chance of an upset with the Tigers ending their innings (and season) nine runs in arrears.
- Northern Districts lost any chance of forcing their way into the play-offs by forfeiting to Diggers Ex-Services.