Ben Andrews has such an awesome reputation as a 'break through' bowler it's often forgotten he can bat through to a big score when the situation demands.
Ben Andrews has such an awesome reputation as a 'break through' bowler it's often forgotten he can bat through to a big score when the situation demands. Rob Wright

Sawtell's 'Mr Versatility' gives 131 reasons why he can bat

SO SUCCESSFUL has Ben Andrews been as a bowler in recent seasons it's sometimes forgotten how devastating he can be with the bat.

The brilliant Sawtell all-rounder reminded everybody of his match-winning abilities in the round three clash with Urunga by producing a scene-stealing innings of 131, the biggest so far in first grade this summer.

A batsman's deck at Richardson Park enticed the home side to choose first use after winning the toss and while Andrews was the stand-out, his partnerships proved the real winner.

Opener Ricky Welsh posted a personal total of 42 and featured in a 77-run joint effort.

Andrews and Daniel Maguire (22) put on 83 together while Charlie Towells contributed seven of the 28-run stand he shared with the man of the moment.

Sawtell finished at 6-239 and Urunga were in trouble right from the start.

Openers Matthew Riddoch and Luke Pomroy were removed by Keith Campbell without scoring and while Jack Ireland (40) and Jake Barr staged a mini-revival, Towells, Keeden Corliss and Rhys Watson picked off the rest of the order with two wickets each.

The last Urunga batsman walked in the 37th over with the score on 119.

Yes, Andrews did pick up a wicket.

He removed Barr for 12 and finished with 1-10 from seven overs, plus the attractive statistic of four maidens in his spell.



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