COFFS Harbour's representative team saved its worst 'til last.
Playing in the interdistrict final against Nambucca Valley on a perfect day for batting, Coffs Harbour was skittled for only 110.
That final figure is flattered by the fact extras was the top scorer for the innings and an eighth wicket stand between Raman Phoonie and Julian Hulbert provided 57 runs.
At one stage Coffs Harbour fell to a dismal 7-45.
"They bowled well in those first 10 overs, they gave us nothing," Coffs Harbour captain Matt Rose lamented.
The Coffs Harbour team held some hopes of a miracle win after taking two early wickets with the ball but Brodie Bartlett and Justin Saker ensured Nambucca Valley claimed the interdistrict title.
Rose was full of praise for an opponent that had shown remarkable improvement after failing to win a game in the past four years.
"They (Nambucca) were a young team that's got better with some experience," he said.
"They play together on a Saturday and it shows when they play together on Sunday. There's not many weaknesses in that team but having said that, we should've given them a better run."
Meanwhile in Coffs Harbour's first grade competition, if Plantation Diggers win the minor premiership they can thank Raman Phoonie.
At 3-135 Sawtell was travelling easily toward the modest target of 153 set by Diggers.
Phoonie had already claimed two wickets but when he picked up the scalps of Trent Dierick, Michael Oates and Brendan Foote in the space of four balls he gave Diggers a small chance of an unlikely victory.
When they batted, Diggers had slumped to a very un-competition-leading 8-82.
If it wasn't for a 71-run partnership between Ethan Atkinson (46) and Glen Kesby (23 not out) then Sawtell would probably have already wrapped up the first innings points by now.
Sawtell could not have wished for a better start to its run chase with solid contributions from each member of the top order.
Ricky Welsh (39), Tim Welsford (35) and Tyh Murphy (34) were untroubled by the new ball as Sawtell went about chasing the target in quick time.
Coffs Colts went a long way to ensuring it will be playing in the semi-finals after the competition takes a weekend off when the Sheffield Shield match is played in Coffs Harbour.
Facing a tricky 11 overs at the end of the day, the Colts didn't lose a wicket as they begun their run chase of Nambucca Valley's 262.
The Nambucca total was thanks largely to a century by Jamie Bekis and a patient 54 by Jack Ireland.
Ben Sims was the pick of the Colts bowlers taking four wickets.
For Colts to wrap up a finals berth it needs to produce enough of a disciplined performance with the bat to ensure it does not lose 20 wickets in a day's play.
Coffs Harbour DCA v Nambucca Valley DCA
Coffs Harbour DCA 1st innings
|M ROSE||c J Saker||b A Nugent||4|
|M RIDDOCH||b A Nugent||2|
|P MYLES||lbw||b J Allan||0|
|B LEWIS||c J Saker||b A Nugent||9|
|A ELLIS||c J Baldwin||b J Bartlett||6|
|T ADAMS||b J Ireland||3|
|B SIMS||b J Bartlett||10|
|R PHOONIE||run out (J Saker)||25|
|J HULBERT||c A Budd||b B Bartlett||23|
|D HARRIS||lbw||b B Bartlett||1|
|J LOVETT||not out||0|
|Total:||(36 overs)||All out for||110|
Bowling: J Allan 7-0-16-1, A Nugent 8-2-10-3, J Bartlett 6-1-20-2, J Ireland 4-0-17-1, D Beaumont 3-0-9-0, J Baldwin 3-0-13-0, B Bartlett 4-1-12-2, A Gage 1-0-1-0.
Nambucca Valley DCA 1st innings
Fall: 4 (Riddoch), 8 (Myles), 16 (Rose), 20 (Lewis), 32 (Ellis), 45 (Adams), 45 (Sims), 102 (Hulbert), 110 (Phoonie), 110 (Harris).
|A NUGENT||lbw||b J Hulbert||0|
|J BEKIS||c A Ellis||b J Hulbert||5|
|B BARTLETT||not out||49|
|J IRELAND||b P Myles||17|
|J SAKER||not out||24|
|Total:||(24.3 overs)||3 wkts for||112|
Fall: 6 (Nugent), 13 (Bekis), 51 (Ireland).
Bowling: J Hulbert 5-1-9-2, B Sims 4-0-19-0, P Myles 4-0-15-1, J Lovett 3-0-13-0, M Riddoch 2-0-9-0, D Harris 2-0-14-0, A Ellis 2.3-0-20-0, R Phoonie 2-0-9-0.
Nambucca Valley DCA won by 7 wickets
CHDCA 1st GRADE
Plantation Diggers 153 (Ethan Atkinson 46, Alex Byrne 35, Richie Gallichan 4-26, Tim Welsford 3-44) vs Sawtell 6-136 (Ricky Welsh 39, Tim Welsford 35, Tyh Murphy 34, Raman Phoonie 5-28)
Nambucca Valley 262 (Jamie Bekis 113, Jack Ireland 113, Ben Sims 4-54) vs Coffs Colts 0-20