Sport

Outright wins as both first grade matches end in a sweat

The death rattle of the stumps sounds again for Diggers in the outright loss to Colts at Fitzroy Oval.
The death rattle of the stumps sounds again for Diggers in the outright loss to Colts at Fitzroy Oval. Rob Wright

INSPIRATIONAL words from young captain Josh Noble helped lift Park Beach Bowling Club Colts to a rare outright victory over Plantation Diggers.

With oppressive heat around Fitzroy Oval sapping the energy of his men and the Diggers bowlers lined up to block success, Noble urged batsmen Matt Rose and Ben Sims to "knuckle down and give it everything."

Veteran Rose said he went out to bat with those words ringing in his ears.

"We needed 69 runs off 14 overs to get the outright but the heat was against us," he said.

"But what Josh said encouraged us to make a fist of it and eventually we reached the target with three overs to spare."

With match points already secured, Colts added another 30 this morning before Diggers had their second visit to the crease.

They posted 130 despite the torment of Trent Statham taking six wickets.

"We dropped a couple of key catches which gave them some leeway but it helped bring the team together," Rose said.

"Josh had his say and we set off after them."

Sims and Rose delivered a partnership of 46 before the latter was dismissed for 29.

In came Connor McCoy and the pair of batting youngsters guided the side home.

"I've played Diggers a lot of times and can't remember the last time we got them outright," Rose remarked.

"It was a great achievement and a great team effort.

"The win wasn't handed to us ... we really had to work for it."

Sawtell also secured outright victory over Dorrigo at Rowe Oval.

In a coincidence of skill, skipper Ben Andrews was pleased to report the club's second grade side also achieved that feat against Urunga at Richardson Park.

Batting for survival and with a target of 70 to avoid an outright, Dorrigo were all out for 49 in their second dig.

Dave Angus did most of the damage with a bag of 5/10.

David Langford-Smith collected three wickets with one apiece to Andrews and Nick Ada.

However, Andrews expressed the frustration felt by both teams involved in the match at 'Richo' after at least one vandal allegedly broke into player's cars and left a trail of gratuitous damage behind.

When alerted to the destruction, bystanders followed the suspected culprits and kept them under observation until police arrived.



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