Top order batsman James Bellamy blasted his way to triple figures in a magnificent innings against PBBC Colts.
Top order batsman James Bellamy blasted his way to triple figures in a magnificent innings against PBBC Colts. Bruce Thomas

Eric is Sawtell's wrecker as Bellinger Valley open account

WHEN Bellinger Valley picked Saturday to break through for that elusive maiden win of the 2013-14 summer, the victim was arguably the best in the one day cricket business.

Sawtell have proved to be near-unbeatable at the limited over caper and again made a bold bid to chase down Bello's 7/257 but pulled up 12 runs short in the 44th over.

Under sweltering skies the Bellingen batsmen had a field day after a horror start.

Openers Simon Donald and Mick Gilroy went without scoring but the steadier arrived in the shape of skipper Justin Gilbert (66) and Julian Hulbert (30) who put the ship back on course.

There was another attack of the tremors when Gilbert, Hulbert and next man in Garth Burley all returned to the pavilion with the scoreboard reading 97 runs but the best was to come.

Last weekend against Colts, Eric Moore pulled off a super innings that suggested something even bigger was just around the corner.

Like, the 116 runs he pulled off this week with placement to all parts of Richardson Park.

The Blue Caps put their heads down and almost ruined Bello's party.

Tyh Murphy contributed 60, Trent Dierick brought 37 to the table and Ben Andrews finished unbeaten on 88 but when Rhys Watson was run out late in the session, it was finally the turn of the Valley side to bask in the glory.

At Fitzroy Oval, Plantation Diggers batted first and were too classy for the Park Beach Bowling Club Colts' rookies filling in while the A-listers were on festive leave.

Diggers scored 5/289, led by a blistering 106 from big-hitting Jimmy Bellamy.

For Colts, opener Ben Sims top scored with 52 but the damage was done by Joe Willman who bowled 7.1 overs for awesome figures of 5/15 including two maidens.

Players now take a break until January 4 when the competition resumes with a limited overs round.

Plantation Diggers are at Fitzroy Oval hosting Sawtell while Bellinger Valley will come down from the mountain to take on PBBC Colts at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park.