Diggers opener Alex Byrne looks happy with another delivery tucked safely away.
Diggers opener Alex Byrne looks happy with another delivery tucked safely away. Leigh Jensen

Dave and Ben are the 'double trouble men' at Brelsford Park

SUPERB bowling spells in both innings from two of Sawtell's best proved impossible for Bellinger Valley to handle at Brelsford Park.

Ben Andrews and Dave Langford-Smith were double trouble for the home side in a match that had everything.

For a large part of day one it seemed Bello could do no wrong and they had Sawtell on the ropes at 5/35.

Eventually, the grand final runners-up grafted to a total of 154 but if the competition new chums had any dreams of landing a crushing blow, those were soon shattered as Andrews and Langford-Smith cut loose with the ball.

Andrews removed Simon Donald and main dangerman Justin Gilbert while Langford-Smith took care of Garth Burley and Mick Gilroy to have the top order in tatters.

Between them they cleaned up the tail - Trent Dierick was the only other bowler to get a look in - and with Bellinger Valley all out for 111, the match had turned upside down.

Back at the crease, Sawtell batted to declare at 3/178.

Rick Welsh went gangbusters while Brad Lewis finished unbeaten on 63.

To avoid an outright defeat, Bellinger Valley needed to bat out the day.

The top order made starts but the occupation couldn't be maintained and the side went out in their 26th over with the total on 81.

Andrews took another four scalps to make him arguably the dominant force in an extraordinary game.

At Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park, premiers Plantation Colts edged past Park Beach Bowling Club Colts' total of 249 in the 63rd over.

Star of the show was Russell Gardner who finished unbeaten on 136 while Jimmy Bellamy recorded a fine 57 runs.

Colts best bowler was John Lovett with 3/25 from eight overs including three maidens.

Next Saturday sees the start of the two-day third round match.

Plantation Diggers host Sawtell at Fitzroy Oval while PBBC Colts roll out the welcome mat to Bellinger Valley at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park.