Teams battle it out for 20/20 cup
WHOEVER wins tonight’s Coffs Cup Twenty/20 grand final will be considered a trailblazer.
But if it turns out to be Sawtell, it should become final proof of the club’s excellence in all formats of local cricket during the last decade.
Their run of first grade titles since the 2004-05 summer has set a new benchmark in the longer form of the game.
They’ve proved near-unbeatable in the limited overs version and now comes the opportunity to seal the deal in the latest style to capture the public’s imagination.
Club president Matt Bailey usually plays top of the order on the weekend and while he won’t be on the park tonight, admits to being a big fan of the ‘not for the faint-hearted’ Twenty20 concept.
“The comp has been an exciting initiative for local cricket and Sawtell is proud to be part of the inaugural grand final,” he said.
“Our side has been made up of a good mix of different grades and ages and, in fact, we had six guys who are eighteen years and under, in our exciting semi-final win.”
Unfortunately, circumstances have conspired against the club and three of those players will be missing tonight.
“Young Michael Oates is on schoolboy rep duty, Nathan O’Connor has started uni and Isaac Hillery has a back injury,” Bailey said.
“While we have solid replacements it’s a shame as these guys have done the job to get us to the decider.
“The boys are keen to grab the first piece of silverware on offer for this season and I encourage all Sawtell Cricket Club members, both senior and junior, along with local supporters to get out to the ground to watch some fast-paced cricket and cheer on their team.”
Sawtell Twenty/20 Squad
Chris Neal (c)