THERE comes a time in most big matches when the result is in the balance that the victor is decided by those who choose to step up and take on the challenge.
Sawtell was 6-161 and still requiring another 74 runs to reach the target set by Plantation Diggers if it was to win the CHDCA grand final.
It was at this point Trent Dierick and Michael Oates combined for a match winning partnership that sent Sawtell on its way to premiership glory.
With Tim Weslford laying the platform early in the innings in his man of the match performance (50 and 4-81), the Blue Caps were making a good fist of their run chase but wickets kept falling at regular intervals to keep Diggers' nose in front.
Dierick (68 not out) and Oates (42) put on 70 runs together and when their partnership was finally broken, Sawtell only needed another four runs.
Winning captain Dave Angus was ecstatic with the result.
"Tim Welsford was exceptional with the ball and the bat. Oates and Trent Dierick at the end just killed it. The game changes with those two boys," Angus said.
Angus was confident his team could chase the down the imposing target but knew it would take a great effort to do so.
"We were a bit unlucky on Saturday. We didn't take our chances when they came and Byrne and Rahman batted well," he said.
"We knew we had to hang in there and knew we had to bat well today. If we batted well today we would win."
This match represented the fifth consecutive summer that Sawtell and Diggers faced off in the first-grade grand final.
"The rivalry is very fierce on the field but after the game it's always good to have a beer with them (Diggers) but it's very competitive on the field," Angus said.
CHDCA GRAND FINAL
Sawtell v Plantation Diggers
At Coffs Coast Sport & Leisure Park No1
Plantation Diggers 1st innings 234
Sawtell 1st innings
|D MAGUIRE||lbw||b G Kesby||1|
|R WELSH||run out (R Phoonie)||35|
|T WELSFORD||c S Meakins||b T Bailey||50|
|R GALLICHAN||b R Phoonie||12|
|T MURPHY||c T Adams||b R Phoonie||8|
|T DIERICK||not out||68|
|B LEWIS||c D Dixon||b G Kesby||5|
|M OATES||b R Phoonie||42|
|T MITCHELL||not out||1|
|Sundries:||(5nb, 1b, 7lb)||13|
|Total:||(59 overs)||7 wkts for||235|
Fall: 35 (Maguire), 41 (Welsh), 67 (Gallichan), 91 (Murphy), 150 (Welsford), 161 (Lewis), 231 (Oates).
Bowling: J Hulbert 14.3-3-65-0, G Kesby 13.3-7-29-2, R Phoonie 12-2-48-3, T Bailey 9-0-44-1, E Atkinson 4-2-14-0, D Rootes 5-0-27-0, A Byrne 1-1-0-0.
Sawtell won by three wickets