GAME CHANGER: All-time great Craig Haworth could yet be the man who turns the tables in favour of PBBC Colts. Photo: Gemima Harvey
GAME CHANGER: All-time great Craig Haworth could yet be the man who turns the tables in favour of PBBC Colts. Photo: Gemima Harvey Gemima Harvey

Grand final berth is waiting for the winner

THE Coffs Harbour District cricket grand final equation will be almost complete once the opponent for Plantation Diggers is identified this weekend.

Sawtell players have three reasons to be confident they will move past Park Beach Bowling Club Colts and be in a position to defend their first grade title.

Firstly, they get the home ground advantage and rarely are beaten at Richardson Park.

Secondly, Sawtell has won two of the three matches scheduled this summer - the other was a washout - and then there's the matter of how last weekend's round of semi-finals ended.

Against Diggers, Sawtell were certainly in the box seat when rain called a halt and conceivably have been the team having today and tomorrow off.

In the case of Colts, the team was facing its second loss in as many weeks to Urunga.

Again, precipitation was the saviour.

Urunga posted 7-155 and Colts were paddling at 6-62 when showers swept the ground and play was abandoned. For the first time in months, the forecast suggests clear weather and with two days available to find a winner, Sawtell are at very short odds to be the outfit to progress.

A match going the distance would be almost a novelty but Sawtell batsman Rod Buckle is certain versatility will get them through.

"Benny Andrews has had a stellar year and will continue to lead from the front with both bat and ball," he said.

"The challenge is there for senior players to lift and take pressure off Ben and with blokes like Brad Lewis and Ricky Welsh, I am sure they can respond."